Date of Award

Fall 12-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


War and Society

First Advisor

Alex Bay

Second Advisor

Stephanie Takaragawa

Third Advisor

Jennifer Keene


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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