Julien Pierre Icher
Lafayette’s Farewell Tour and National Coherence—The Lafayette Trail
The session will focus on Lafayette’s Farewell Tour of the U.S. in 1824–1825 and demonstrate how Americans turned to Lafayette for a stabilizing presence in the middle of the 1824 U.S. Presidential Election. It will promote a broader understanding of Lafayette’s numerous contributions to American independence and national coherence by exploring three main angles of Lafayette’s legacy: his Revolutionary War military achievements, his lifelong commitment to universal human rights, and his constant support of national unity. It will also introduce attendees to the efforts of The Lafayette Trail to prepare for the bicentennial of Lafayette’s Farewell Tour in 2024–2025.