A Review of Men and Manners in America

A Review of Men and Manners in America

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...persuasion of a considerable portion of our own countrymen, that the Yankees are employed the greater part of their time in fabricating wooden nutmegs, wherewith to impose upon the simplicity and pick the pockets of the generous, high-minded and too-confiding South. The very remark which our author here applies to New England, that, in consequence of the extraordinary acuteness of the inhabitants in matters of business, the Jews find it impossible to get a living among them, has been, a thousand times over, made upon Scotland, and sustained as often by the identical Scotch proverb which he cites with such apparent complacency as an illustration of it. The charges made by our author against the New England character, being, as we have seen, precisely the same with those which are habitually urged against the English character, and particularly the Scotch modification of it, whatever foundation there may really be for them, come with rather an ill grace from a traveller, who is himself an Englishman, and from the north country. There are also some personal considerations in our author's case, which, duly weighed, might perhaps have satisfied him, that some at least, and those the most offensive of his accusations, were not so entirely free from doubt as he appears to have supposed them. He lauds himself continually, throughout his work, upon the favorable reception which he met with every where, and, as far as this city is concerned, we can vouch for the correctness of his representation. Now if the Yankees are so entirely given up to the worship of Mammon as he describes them to be: ---if their homage is not merely that of the lip, or the knee, but an entire prostrationof the heart, the devotion of all their powers, bodily and mental, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975022
  • 9781236975027