The American Consul: A History of the United States Consular Service, 1776-1914


Kennedy has written a long overdue history of the Consular Service, an unheralded, but significant element in the promotion of American commerce and influence abroad from the Revolution onward. He introduces, through brief histories, anecdotes, and vignettes, some of the men sent abroad by an imperfect system to represent our country. This book is an evolving chronicle of their contributions to the expansion of American influence from the start of the Revolutionary War to to the eve of the First World War, when American diplomats assumed the predominant role in America's foreign relations.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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