By Lee A. Farrow
The first Russian royal ever to go to the USA, Alexis got a travel via post-Civil struggle the US that emphasised the nation's cultural team spirit. whereas the enthusiastic American media breathlessly mentioned each aspect of his itinerary and entourage, Alexis visited Niagara Falls, participated in a bison hunt with Buffalo invoice Cody, and attended the Krewe of Rex's first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. As note of the royal customer unfold, the general public flocked to coach depots and occasions around the country to seize a glimpse of the grand duke. a few speculated that Russia and the United States have been contemplating a proper alliance, whereas others surmised that he had come to the us to discover a bride.
The journey used to be now not with out incident: many urban officers balked at spending public cash on Alexis's reception, and there have been rumors of an assassination plot by means of Polish nationals in manhattan urban. extra commonly, the stopover at highlighted difficulties at the nationwide point, equivalent to political corruption and protracted racism, in addition to the rising cultural and political energy of ethnic minorities and the ongoing sectionalism among the North and the South. Lee Farrow joins her exam of those cultural underpinnings to a full of life narrative of the grand duke's journey, growing an interesting checklist of a distinct second in foreign relations.
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Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke's Tour, 1871-1872 by Lee A. Farrow