Arnold's controversial visit to Chicago has dominanted scholarly writing about his 1884 lecture tour across the midwestern United States. Consequently, little has been said about his reception in St. Louis. Evidence from the city's two primary newspapers at the time-which includes a previously unnoted interview with Arnold conducted by the Post-Dispatch-suggests that the city regarder him with suspicion because he refused to praise unequivocally a society based solely upon freedom and equality. The aim of this essay is to demonstrate that St. Louis's responses to Arnold are by no means atypical. On the contrary, these newspaper accounts reflect the deep-seated insecurity that nineteenth-century Americans felt toward all things British.

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