The Western World; or, Travels in the United States in 1846-47: Volume 2

The Western World; or, Travels in the United States in 1846-47: Volume 2

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Scottish-born Alexander Mackay (1808-52) spent much of his career as a journalist in North America. He was in Britain working for the Morning Chronicle when, in January 1846, he set sail again for the United States, this time to report on the debates over the Oregon question, relating to British and American claims to territory in the Pacific North-West. He spent several months in Washington, D.C. before travelling around the country as far south as the Mississippi, and west to the Great Lakes. This three-volume work, published in 1849, uses his journey to frame a general account of 'the political system, the social life, and the material progress of the Union'. Mackay observed a vibrant and prosperous country, and his work captures the energy of these boom years. Volume 2 focuses on political parties, slavery and railways, and describes Mackay's travels in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 1139059866
  • 9781139059862

Table of contents

1. Party, party-spirit, organization, and tactics; 2. The east and west; 3. Virginia; 4. Slavery in its political aspect; 5. Slavery in its social, moral, and economical aspect; 6. From Richmond to Charleston; 7. From Charleston to Milledgeville; 8. From Milledgeville to Macon: railway and telegraphic systems of the United States; 9. From Macon to Mobile and New Orleans; 10. New more