Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lafayette: The Lost Hero, a PBS Documentary

Marquis de Lafayette... a name you know I'm sure.  At least a name you've heard of.  The name may start the gears in your mind and then suddenly come to a screeching halt when you're forced to stop the machine and wonder... "How do I know that name?"  You may have heard of Lafayette College, or maybe there's a town you've heard of called Lafayette or Fayetteville.   Perhaps you've driven on Lafayette street.  It's a familiar name for sure, but perhaps the story behind the name is a little more vague.

You may have heard of a place called Lafayette, or Fayetteville, or Lafayette Hill or you may know a street with the same name.  But who is Lafayette? 

 an often neglected and controversial figure of American and French history.   Through letters and memoirs PBS has put together a documentary that follows the life and legend of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette.  

Why would a young, wealth French aristocrat leave the comforts of his French life to fight for the independence of another nation on another continent?  The documentary will answer this question, as well as bring to light many other untold tales about Lafayette and his family. 

Visit the Facebook Page for Lafayette: The Lost Hero: set up by film maker Oren Jacoby.

Lafayette: The Lost Hero from The Documentary Group on Vimeo.

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martin said...

I stumbled on your blog when looking for interesting history sites. I happened to be fortunate enough to get an advance copy of this documentary and have reviewed it in some detail here in case you're interested.

GalleryGuy said...

Looking forward to the documentary.
Meanwhile a very good 3d likeness of the marquis can be seen on our website. What's more the sculpture of Lafayette will be among 35 to be exhibited soon -

“Revolution and Rebellion: Wars, Words and Figures,”
George Stuart's exquisite sculptures of George Washington and many other American Revolutionary Figures will be on exhibit at the William J. Clinton Presidential Museum in Little Rock from Dec 11 to May 22. Figures of early rabble rousers like Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine and the feisty Mercy Otis Warren will also be displayed. The will also be exhibited along with two original engravings of the Constitution.
All of these Figures and more can be seen in the American Revolution Group at our gallery website.
Please feel free to use any of the images for non-commercial purposes with a link and credit to Mr. Stuart and photographer Peter D'Aprix.
Leroy Becker
Executive Director

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