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Excursion through the Slave States, from Washington on the Potomac to the Frontier of Mexico

Excursion through the Slave States, from Washington on the Potomac to the Frontier of Mexico
With Sketches of Popular Manners and Geological Notices
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - North American History

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108032827

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  • 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not to publish his work in the US, as his opinions might 'irritate a powerful interest', and his manuscript remained unpublished until 1844, after his return to England.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.

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108032827
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 47 mm
    • weight: 1.05kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

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    George William Featherstonhaugh

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