Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2018 – 2019 Citizens of a Wider Commonwealth Fellowship, generously funded by Edwina S. Campbell, author of Citizen of a Wider Commonwealth: Ulysses S. Grant’s Postpresidential Diplomacy, published by Southern Illinois University Press, 2016.
From 1877-1879, former President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant embarked on a two-year world tour accompanied by his wife, members of his family, and New York Herald journalist John Russell Young. Throughout his travels through Europe and Asia, Grant practiced both public and summit diplomacy, stressing America’s belief in self-determination in addition to sharing with the American public his interactions with various heads-of-state throughout the world. In 1887, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West appeared in London and performed before Queen Victoria, other royal figures, and various heads-of-state. Buffalo Bill and his entourage returned in 1889, touring Europe for three years and again from 1903-1906. Buffalo Bill and his fellow performers encountered many of the prominent figures met by Grant during his European tour, allowing Buffalo Bill’s Wild West to serve as a cultural diplomatic institution, not only conveying American exceptionalism as shaped by the frontier process, but also reaffirming Europe’s deep economic, societal, and cultural ties to the United States.
The Citizens of a Wider Commonwealth Fellowship is intended to fund research topics related to the transnational legacy of the American West and the European reception of both President Ulysses S. Grant and Buffalo Bill and how these two individuals shaped diplomacy between the United States and Europe.
Christine B. Searles, Human Resources Manager
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414