The Forum Volume 19

The Forum Volume 19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...before. Here is an account of the travel just west of St. Louis, as recorded by an eye-witness: "The whole appearance of the train--the cattle with their hundred bells; the negroes with delight in their countenances, for their labors were suspended and their imaginations excited; the wagons, often carrying two or three tons, so loaded that the mistress and children are strolling carelessly along at a gait-which enables them to keep up with the slow travelling carriage, --carried me back to the pastoral pursuits of those ancient races whose home was in a tent-wherever their flocks found range. Just about nightfall they come to a spring or branch where there are water and wood; the pack of dogs set up a cheerful barking; the cattle lie down to ruminate; the team is unharnessed; the huge wagons are covered so that the roof completely excludes the rain; the cooking utensils are brought out; the blacks prepare a supper which the toils of the day render delicious." The effects of the dull times from 1814 to 1820 in stimulating the movement from State to State and from foreign countries to the United States, are carefully studied and clearly presented. The student of the period must not fail to read the chapters on Pauperism and Crime, and on the American Bible and Colonization Societies. To the losses of property and of employment caused by the war were added the evils of gross intemperance and of ill-regulated charity. The system of investigation of cases of suffering which has in our day been concentrated in the Associated Charities appears to owe its origin to the Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Economy, and to the Society for the Prevention of Pauperism in the City of New York, both founded in 1817. The thanks both of...
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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686722X
  • 9781236867223