Over the past two centuries, Paris has opened its arms to countless American artists, writers, and thinkers. As an American envoy to France, Thomas Jefferson came to revere the country's culture even as he despised its monarchy and aristocracy, and liberally imported French architectural ideas to America. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, artists moved to Paris to study with the French masters and indulge their own impulses. Between the First and Second World Wars, American writers spent long hours in Paris' cafes, using them as places to write when empty -- when full, places to write about. During the same period, black musicians and writers found respite from America's stifling racism in France, working Paris' clubs and achieving success... More >>>