Excursion Through the Slave States, from Washington on the Potomac to the Frontier of Mexico 2 Volume Set
With Sketches of Popular Manners and Geological Notices (Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration)
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|Format:||Multiple copy pack, 820 pages|
|Other Information: ||10 b/w illus. 1 map|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 22 September 2011|
The English geologist George William Featherstonhaugh (1780-1866) was commissioned to undertake a survey of the Arkansas territory in America, and spent 1834-5 travelling through the southern slave states to reach his destination. He was shocked by the slave system of the south, saying he 'had never seen so revolting a sight'. When he began to write about his experiences, Featherstonhaugh was urged not to publish his work in the US, as his opinions might 'irritate a powerful interest', and his manuscript remained unpublished until 1844, after his return to England. His lively two-volume account of his adventures contains fascinating details about geology, fauna, and above all, human interactions. It is a closely observed record of Southern society in the period before the Civil War that candidly documents the violence experienced by Black slaves and Native Americans and the harsh conditions encountered by frontier settlers.
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Introduction; 1. Barnum's Hotel at Baltimore; 2. Ascent of the first Alleghany Ridges; 3. A Virginia hotel in the mountains; 4. The celebrated White Sulphur Springs; 5. State of society at Compulsion Row; 6. The system of Alleghany Ridges caused by an upheaval from below, and the White Sulphur Springs a consequence of the movement; 7. Paying beforehand as bad as not paying at all; 8. Depart on foot across the mountains to Fincastle; 9. Cause of some confusion in the designation of the Alleghany Ridges explained; 10. A pleasant party in a stage coach; 11. A Negro-driver in mourning for a great patriot; 12. Indian practice of burning the underwood to enable the natives to pursue the game; 13. Description of Nashville; 14. The religious sect of the Campbellites; 15. Leave Nashville; 16. Leave Louisville, and take to the stage-coach again; 17. A remarkable barrow; 18. Purchase a waggon; 19. Departure from St. Louis; 20. Taplitt and Perry's lead mines; 21. Mine la Motte; 22. Big Black River. Volume 2: 23. The 'Military Road'; 24. Description of White River; 25. Little Red River; 26. State of Society at Little Rock; 27. Apology for the manners of Arkansas; 28. A concert of wolves; 29. Arrive at Magnet Cove; 30. Curious and beautiful mineral structure of the adjacent country; 31. Leave the Hot Springs; 32. Bear-hunting; 33. Probable origin of prairies; 34. Mr. Williams; 35. Course and ancient channels of Red River; 36. Reach Little Rock again; 37. Approximative method suggested of calculating the age of fluviatile deposits; 38. The steamer boarded by swindlers; 39. The delta of the Mississippi; 40. Quadroon young ladies, their hard fate; 41. Embark in a steamer, and ascend the Mobile and Alabama; 42. Description of the Muskogee or Creek people; 43. The ruins of a nation; 44. The gentlemen of America; 45. Inside and outside passengers in chain; Concluding chapter.
|Publisher: ||Cambridge University Press|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 14.0 x 4.0 centimeters (1.05 kg)|