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Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854–1936

This book addresses the special relationship from the perspective of post-Second World War British governments. It argues that Britain's foreign policy challenges the dominant idea that its power has been waning and that it sees itself as the junior partner to the hegemonic US. The book also shows how at moments of international crisis successive British governments have attempted to re-play the same foreign policy role within the special relationship. It discusses the power of a profoundly antagonistic relationship between Mark Twain and Walter Scott. The book demonstrates Stowe's mis-reading and mis-representation of the Highland Clearances. It explains how Our Nig, the work of a Northern free black, also provides a working-class portrait of New England farm life, removed from the frontier that dominates accounts of American agrarian life. Telegraphy - which transformed transatlantic relations in the middle of the century- was used by spiritualists as a metaphor for the ways in which communications from the other world could be understood. The story of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship is discussed. Beside Sarah Orne Jewett's desk was a small copy of the well-known Raeburn portrait of Sir Walter Scott. Henry James and George Eliot shared a transatlantic literary network which embodied an easy flow of mutual interest and appreciation between their two milieux. In her autobiography, Gertrude Stein assigns to her lifelong companion the repeated comment that she has met three geniuses in her life: Stein, Picasso, and Alfred North Whitehead.

from Harriet Beecher Stowe, staunch abolitionist and unwavering champion of the oppressed African American, the other from one of her most relentless opponents. But which is which? In this case the system is not slavery but the Highland Clearances, and it is the second quotation which comes from Stowe, whereas the first is taken from Donald MacLeod’s furious riposte to her. MacLeod’s account of the forced eviction of the tenants of the Duchess of Sutherland, their homes burnt over their heads, their surviving families removed to the barren coastal lands, the

in Special relationships
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too sanguine, view of Scottish–American literary relations’. Scott, like the American Harriet Beecher Stowe, was enormously influential in nineteenth-century literary culture and Manning tries to unravel what Twain claims to have been the misreading of Scott, just as Judie Newman demonstrates Stowe’s mis-reading and mis-representation of the 4 Janet Beer and Bridget Bennett Highland Clearances. In her essay on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands, Newman discusses Donald MacLeod’s ‘furious riposte’ to that which he read as a poorly informed

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The clergy and emigration in principle

explored in Allan W. MacColl, Land, Faith and the Crofting Community Christianity and Social Criticism in the Highlands of Scotland, 1843–1893 (Edinburgh, 2006), pp. 204–9; David Paton, The Clergy and the Clearances. The Church and the Highland crisis 1790–1850 (Edinburgh, 2006). 20 Dickson, Ulster Emigration, p. 5, p. 183; Griffin, The People with No Name, p. 79; for similar sentiment in Scotland see Eric Richards, A History of the Highland Clearances Vol. 2. Emigration, Protest, Reasons (London, 1985), p.  202. 21 Doyle, Ireland, Irishmen and Revolutionary America

in Population, providence and empire

The revival of real, imagined, or repackaged pasts is not only a presentation of positive narratives, but also of the remembrance of defining hostilities and an attempt to pursue, or repursue, old enemies. Among the features of a revived Scottish nationalism at the end of the twentieth century was a renewed interest in the highland clearances which had depopulated large parts of northern and western Scotland to the profit of the aristocracy. One focus of this political retargeting was a memorial to

in Cultivating political and public identity