‘Her Rather Ambitious Washington Program’: ‘Margaret Thatcher's International Visitor Program Visit to the United States in 1967

  title={‘Her Rather Ambitious Washington Program’: ‘Margaret Thatcher's International Visitor Program Visit to the United States in 1967},
  author={Giles Scott-Smith},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  pages={65 - 86}
  • G. Scott-Smith
  • Published 1 November 2003
  • Political Science
  • Contemporary British History
In 1967 Margaret Thatcher, then Shadow Spokeswoman for Treasury and Economic Affairs, was invited to visit the United States as a participant in the US State Department's International Visitor Program. Originating from the 1948 Smith-Mundt Act and offering each ‘grantee’ from another country an expenses-paid trip of several weeks to the United States, the Program aimed to acquaint up-and-coming and influential individuals from the political, economic, media and cultural worlds with American… 
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