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A critical description of American society by an English seaman.
Cited often in Cole's MVB.
Hamilton, a son of Alexander Hamilton, became a close political associate of Martin Van Buren. He approached Van Buren as did many "high minded Federalists", during the War of 1812. The "high minded Federalists" were those who wanted to support the war effort, while many, perhaps most, Federalists hated the war and, in some cases went so far as to advocate seccession from the U.S.
Hamilton was frequently of service to Van Buren and Andrew Jackson.
These memoirs are cited very frequently by works about the era.
Reviewed by Ruth Alden Doan on H-SHEAR, Fall 1997.
Cited in Cole's MVB..., Benson's Concept of Jacksonian Democracy, and elsewhere. Hammond was a participant who generally sided with Van Buren, but was, I think, pretty independant of VB's clique.
NYPL: Humanities-Gen Research Call # SEV (Handlin, O. Boston's immigrants)
NYPL: Humanities-Gen Research Call # JFE 79-3586
R.U.L. (ALEX) F128.67.B6H3
Not especially recommended, unless you are poor like me and find it in a used bookstore. 10 volumes of about 500pp each.
It shows the prejudices of its time; e.g. having no article on David Walker,
One nice feature is its extensive quoting of speeches and writings by the subjects featured in articles.
R.U.L.: E449.H483 1968
Cited in Gilje, Road to Mobocracy, p6, for the evolution away to a more individualistic society, away from the old corporate of "single-interest" ideal.
An excellent book, of 301 pages. Gives the few facts that are known about David Walker, as well as the disputed assertions, with a detailed discussion of the evidence for the varying claims. The author also marshalls a great mass of evidence to make convincing claims about Walker's upbringing, in the Wilmington/Cape Fear region of North Carolina, and his early adulthood in "Denmark Vessey's Charleston".
Mostly, the book integrates the few facts, and the speculations, about Walker, with a great deal of context: the skilled free and black labor force (especially boatmen, including pilots), of the Cape Fear area; the troubles of the black Methodist churches of the Wilmington and Charleston areas, and how these troubles appear to have played a role in driving Charleston African Americans to the desperate conspiracy led by Vessey; the context of black seamen on ships coasting the eastern shore, which Charlestonians rightly saw as a threat to their "peculiar institution"; and of the tenuous life of northern urban African Americans, particularly in Boston, where Walker spent the last few years of his life.
R.U.L. (ALEX) HQ1075.5.U6H63 1997
Diary, from 1835 till 1851 (his death) of a free black barber, businessman, slave-owner. Born in 1809, his mother was freed in 1814 and he, in turn, was, in 1820. Details business transactions, 4th of July celebrations, and many details of life.
NYPL: Humanities-Gen Research Call # JLE 90-352
Cited fairly heavily in Gentlemen of Property... for descriptions of New York mobs.
This is, in fact very much a standard reference cited in numerous books for conveying the flavor of events in the period which it covers.
Philip Hone, onetime mayor of New York, often dined with men like John Quincy Adams.
R.U.L: E169.1.H76 1997
Voted "one of the 10 most important books for graduate students (of the period; mostly the 1830s and 1840s in American history) by Richard John's poker-playing circle at the 1997 SHEAR convention.
R.U.L.: BX9833.6.B68H69 1970
General Note: Originally presented as the author's thesis, University of California at Berkeley, 1966
R.U.L. (CAMDN) PS2506.A65 1969.
With an introd. by Julia Ward Howe.
To which are added the reminiscences of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greeley, and Charles T. Congdon.
Called MVB "self-made man".
P:$1.00+nj-tx; SBS 11/20/98 (vol III)
Vol 3 covers 1749- "arrival of Governor Gage", a period in which Gov. Hutchinson was particularly interested.
Copyright 1998 by Hal Morris, Secaucus, NJ
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