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2017

Lake Forest College

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“Exchange Value: British ‘Scholarship Boys’ In Mid-Twentieth-Century America.”, D. L. Lemahieu Feb 2017

“Exchange Value: British ‘Scholarship Boys’ In Mid-Twentieth-Century America.”, D. L. Lemahieu

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In the late 1950s and early 1960s a number of British “scholarship boys” traveled to America sponsored by British and American foundations. Their experiences in the United States qualify and complicate existing narratives about upwardly mobile meritocrats. First, Americans regarded these figures in a manner that helped alter their view of themselves. Distinctions that mattered in Britain became less significant in America, though scholarship boys remained shrewd enough to penetrate the veneer of a superficial egalitarianism. National identity became a marker that sidelined residual anxieties about social hierarchy. Second, American prosperity affected the bias against consumerism shared by many British ...