||Daniel Walker Howe is a fine
and historian of ideas.
From the end of the War of 1812 through the first railroads and telegraphs, the Mexican-American War which shifted America's center of gravity to the slaveowning south. Meanwhile, evangelism, temperance (anti-alcohol) and anti-slavery movements stirred up the country.
|If you haven't read it yet, maybe now is a good time, and guess what, it's a best-seller which means Amazon is discounting it big. Accept no substitutes (esp. from anybody named Beck).|
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This version (Cambridge 1987) says (p iv) that it "follows the first American edition (Boston, 1861)
There is another edition, "with an introduction by Valerie Smith" in the Schomburg series (New York : Oxford University Press, 1988)
From Preface: "deals with the early Ohio Valley landscape, not so much as it was, but more as it was thought to be. Place images are my primary concern, specifically the place images recorded by travelers ... between 1740 and 1860."
Does a good job of tracking down old newspaper references to Anne Royall, and providing a lively and entertaining account, with quotes from Royall's hard-to-find books on nearly every page. Overall, I'd recommend it as a very useful book, though it persents several errors among the tidbits of background information, and makes a few speculative statements about what people were thinking, etc.
An old standby, easy to find in used book stores.
P:$1.25+nj-tx; SBS 11/20/98 (ii)
P:$2.00+nj-tx; SBS 11/20/98 (iii, iv)
R.U.L. (DANA) F5.J52
ED: Fitzsimons, Neal.
First-hand account of rise from farm boy to canal laborer to canal engineer, and eventually to one of the great civil engineers of his time, who designed canals, railroads, and the celebrated 40-mile Croton aqueduct that supplied water to New York in 1842. He also helped design locomotives, and invented a mode of suspension that enabled them to run on curved tracks without derailing, still used today.
R.U.L. (ALEX) HE6185.U5J634 1995
In 1000 pages, covers this period in Europe, Asia, the Americas.
R.U.L.: BV3775.R62J63 1978
Study of the sociology of Rochester in the time of its founding, the coming of the Erie Canal, and the revivalism that swept western New York especially in the late 1820s and early 1830s.
It deals largely in facts and numbers, and detailed block by block analyses of neighborhoods and professions, and how the people in them were effected by the revivals.
For all this it highly readable, and gives a clear narrative picture of the cultural conflict between middle-class shopkeepers, who tended to be swept up in revivalism, and a large component of the working class, who did not want to be reformed, and sometimes held to the anti-religious rationalism of Thomas Paine.
Biography of Frances Trollope, cited in the list 'firstname.lastname@example.org' as "most enjoyable", and having a bibliography of her books. I don't have the title of the book at present.
A piece called "Martin Van Buren, the Lawyer" is cited in Cole, MVB
Much of it is very lively, particularly correspondence to and from "the old general", Philip Van Cortland, in 1828 as he promotes Andrew Jackson for president.
Also contains 100 pages papers discovered since the previous volumes came out, from 1766-1811, and a second section (almost 200pp) of "business transactions" from 1754-1802.
Copyright 1998 by Hal Morris, Secaucus, NJ
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