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The Great War and French-American relations : an epistolary perspective

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Spring 5-9-2018

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Sarah Hurlburt


This thesis examines French-American relations during the Great War in France according to the letters and individual experience of Robert Storrs Osgood, an American pastor who went to France in December 1917 to work with the Y.M.C.A. as the American director of the Foyer du Soldat in Saint-Ouen and Cazaux, France until the end of 1918. The letters (which date from December 6, 1917- July 26, 1919) include the letters that Osgood wrote back home to his wife, Anna Preston Adams, while he was in France, as well as the letters that Osgood received from his French friends. These letters offer a glimpse of the nature of French-American relations during WWI.

Cette thèse examine les rapports franco-américains pendant la Grande Guerre en France selon les lettres et l'expérience individuel de Robert Storrs Osgood (1873-1961), un pasteur américain qui est allé en France en décembre 1917 pour travailler avec le Y.M.C.A. comme le directeur américain des Foyers du Soldat à Saint-Ouen et à Cazaux, France jusqu'à la fin de 1918. Les lettres (qui date du 6 décembre 1917 au 26 juillet 1919) contiennent les lettres qu'Osgood a écrites à sa femme, Anna Preston Adams, pendant qu'il était en France, ainsi que les lettres qu'Osgood a reçues de ses amis français. Ces lettres offrent un aperçu de la nature des rapports franco-américains pendant la première guerre mondiale.

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Osgood, Robert Storrs‚ Adams, Anna Preston‚ Les Foyers du Soldat‚ World War, 1914-1918‚ Young Men's Christian accociations‚ Letters‚ Clergy‚ France -- Foreign relations -- United States‚ Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis, France)‚ Cazaux (Gironde, France)‚ Whitman College 2018 -- Dissertation collection -- Foreign Languages and Literatures : French Department

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