The Imperial Season: America's Capital in the Time of the First Ambassadors, 1893-1918

The Imperial Season: America's Capital in the Time of the First Ambassadors, 1893-1918

William Seale


This tale of the younger urban of Washington bobbing up within the foreign scene is populated with presidents, international diplomats, civil servants, architects, artists, and influential hosts and hostesses who have been enamored of the assumption of global energy yet had little inspiration of the tasks involved.

Between the Spanish American warfare and international struggle I, the fun of America's new foreign function held the nation's capital in rapture. Visionaries gravitated to Washington and sought to make it the fantastic equivalent to the good eu capitals of the day. continues to be of the interval nonetheless outline Washington--the monuments and nice civic structures at the Mall in addition to the non-public mansions equipped at the avenues that now function embassies.

The first surge of America's international strength ended in profound alterations in international relations, and a colourful respectable lifestyles in Washington, DC, evidently undefined. within the twenty-five yr interval that William Seale phrases the "imperial season," a bunch of characters molded town within the photo of an exceptional global capital. the various characters are renowned, from presidents to John Hay and Uncle Joe Cannon, and a few really unknown, from diplomat Alvey Adee to hostess Minnie Townsend and feminist Inez Milholland. The Imperial Season is a distinct social heritage that defines a bit explored interval of yankee background that left an indelible mark on our nation's capital.

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