The Mayflower and ‘Mother Plymouth’: Anglo-America, Civic Culture and the Urban Past

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Abstract

Historians are now well-attuned to the development of modern urban rituals and civic identities, and how both can depend on expressions of local and national historical character. In this article I take a different approach, by demonstrating how the idea of an Anglo-American shared past could also inflect urban culture. I use a case study of the Mayflower in Plymouth, tracing this seventeenth-century voyage’s afterlife, from its romantic and nonconformist Victorian origins to its emergence as a symbol of transatlantic ‘Anglo-Saxon’ heritage in the opening decades of the 20th century, and all the way to its use as ‘heritage’ in the city today.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Journalcultural and social history
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Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2021

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