The Slave States of America: Volume 2

The Slave States of America: Volume 2

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The Cornish-born traveller and writer James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855) campaigned energetically for social reform while a Member of Parliament during the 1830s. He later spent four years in the United States, and in 1839 travelled across the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama to observe at first hand the inhumane treatment of slaves in a system that showed 'reckless indifference to human life'. Originally published in 1842, and dedicated to Prince Albert, this two-volume work documents Buckingham's findings and argues that the USA should follow Britain's example in abolishing slavery. Within the framework of a travel narrative recording climate, geography, flora and fauna, Buckingham describes the use of slaves in industries as diverse as gold mining, cotton manufacturing, railways, canals, and agriculture. He highlights the social and political issues surrounding free labour, and relations between the slaves and their employers. Volume 2 focuses mainly on Georgia and Virginia.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 b/w illus.
  • 1139060341
  • 9781139060349

Table of contents

1. Journey from Charleston to Columbia; 2. From Columbia to Augusta; 3. Departure from Augusta for Athens; 4. Public funeral of the late Judge Clayton; 5. History and condition of the Cherokee Indians; 6. Environs of Athens; 7. Journey to the Madison Springs; 8. Description of Greenville; 9. Journey to Flatrock; 10. History of the state of North Carolina; 11. Departure from the Warm Springs; 12. Improved aspect of the country; 13. Journey from Tennessee to Virginia; 14. Journey from Abingdon to the Virginia Springs; 15. Red Sulphur Springs; 16. White Sulphur Springs; 17. Journey from the Sweet Springs to Fincastle; 18. Entrance into Wyer's Cave; 19. Journey to Waynesborough through Rock-fish Gap; 20. Stay at Richmond; 21. Journey to Petersburgh; 22. Description of Norfolk; 23. Visit to the fortifications at Old Point Comfort; 24. History of Virginia; 25. First representative assembly at James Town; 26. Present extent, condition, and statistics of Virginia; 27. Departure from Norfolk; 28. The Faquier Springs; 29. Journey from Alexandria to Washington City.show more