In 1792, the U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the consular service. Consuls were appointed to cities and towns all over the world in order to serve the interests of Americans who passed through those places. They were uniquely situated to comment on and involve themselves in the commercial, legal, political, and personal affairs of Americans living or traveling abroad. Consolation Prize is a podcast dedicated to telling the stories of these consuls, and connecting their stories to the wider world in which they lived.

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