“The Taste of This Country”: Jefferson’s Legacy of Cultural Production and The Formation of American Identity
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Master of Arts (MA)
War and Society
This paper uses three fundamental elements of cultural anthropology, food, customs, and language, to examine Jefferson’s diplomatic strategy as president and understanding how he forged a new culture rooted in republicanism. The legacy of tyrannical British rule spurred Jefferson to establish White House protocol which dispensed with the hierarchies of European social practices and instead mirrored republican values of liberty and equality. Analyzing Jefferson’s presidency within a framework of cultural production, reveals that Jefferson strategically deployed cultural elements in the construction of a distinctly American identity.
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Gibson, Erika S. "'The Taste of This Country': Jefferson’s Legacy of Cultural Production and The Formation of American Identity." Master's thesis, Chapman University, 2022. https://doi.org/10.36837/chapman.000409