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The Western World; or, Travels in the United States in 1846–47

The Western World; or, Travels in the United States in 1846–47
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - North American History

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108033336

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  • Scottish-born Alexander Mackay (1808–52) spent much of his career as a journalist in North America. He was in Britain working for the Morning Chronicle when, in January 1846, he set sail again for the United States, this time to report on the debates over the Oregon question, relating to British and American claims to territory in the Pacific North-West. He spent several months in Washington, D.C. before travelling around the country as far south as the Mississippi, and west to the Great Lakes. This three-volume work, published in 1849, uses his journey to frame a general account of 'the political system, the social life, and the material progress of the Union'. Mackay observed a vibrant and prosperous country, and his work captures the energy of these boom years. He discusses topics including political parties, slavery, railways and navigation, mining and agriculture, religion and education, and the 'American character'.

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108033336
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 62 mm
    • weight: 1.4kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Introduction
    2. A winter passage of the Atlantic
    3. The capital of New England
    4. A night between Boston and New York
    5. New York, its situation and environs
    6. Commerce and commercial policy of the United States
    7. From New York to Philadelphia
    8. Philadelphia
    9. A journey from Philadelphia to Baltimore and Washington
    10. The capital and the Capitol
    11. Life in Washington
    12. General view of American society
    13. Political aspect of the United States
    14. The federal legislation
    15. The judiciary system of the United States. Volume 2:
    1. Party, party-spirit, organization, and tactics
    2. The east and west
    3. Virginia
    4. Slavery in its political aspect
    5. Slavery in its social, moral, and economical aspect
    6. From Richmond to Charleston
    7. From Charleston to Milledgeville
    8. From Milledgeville to Macon: railway and telegraphic systems of the United States
    9. From Macon to Mobile and New Orleans
    10. New Orleans. Volume 3:
    1. The valley of the Mississippi: from New Orleans to Vicksburg
    2. The valley of the Mississippi
    3. From St. Louis to Louisville, Cincinnati, and Pittsburg: mining interests of the United States
    4. From Pittsburg to Niagara
    5. Artificial irrigation of the United States: rivalry between Canada and New York for the carrying-trade of the North-West - the navigation laws
    6. From Buffalo to Utica, and thence to Montreal by the St. Lawrence
    7. From Montreal to Saratoga, Albany, and West Point: military spirit and military establishments of the United States
    8. Education and literature in the United States
    9. Religion in the United States
    10. Lowell: manufactures and manufacturing interest of the United States
    11. American character: physical condition of society in America
    12. A peep into the future
    A chapter on California.

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    Alexander Mackay

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