Excursion through the Slave States, from Washington on the Potomac to the Frontier of Mexico: Volume 2

Excursion through the Slave States, from Washington on the Potomac to the Frontier of Mexico: Volume 2 : With Sketches of Popular Manners and Geological Notices

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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not to publish his work in the US, as his opinions might 'irritate a powerful interest', and his manuscript remained unpublished until 1844, after his return to England.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 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 2 describes the geography and inhabitants of Arksansas and New Orleans.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 b/w illus.
  • 1139059270
  • 9781139059275

Table of contents

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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