Excursion through the Slave States, from Washington on the Potomac to the Frontier of Mexico: Volume 1 : With Sketches of Popular Manners and Geological Notices
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not to publish his work in the US, as his opinions might 'irritate a powerful interest', and his manuscript remained unpublished until 1844, after his return to England.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 a fascinating mixture of scientific and sociological detail. 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, Native Americans and frontier settlers. Volume 1 describes the Alleghany Mountains, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri.
- Electronic book text
- 05 Mar 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 7 b/w illus. 1 map
Table of contents
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.