The Western World; or, Travels in the United States in 1846-47: Volume 3

The Western World; or, Travels in the United States in 1846-47: Volume 3

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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 3 focuses on the Great Lakes region, mining and navigation, and discusses education, religion, and the 'American character'.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139059874
  • 9781139059879

Table of contents

1. The valley of the Mississippi: from New Orleans to Vicksburg; 2. The valley of the Mississippi; 3. From St. Louis to Louisville, Cincinnati, and Pittsburg: mining interests of the United States; 4. From Pittsburg to Niagara; 5. Artificial irrigation of the United States: rivalry between Canada and New York for the carrying-trade of the North-West - the navigation laws; 6. From Buffalo to Utica, and thence to Montreal by the St. Lawrence; 7. From Montreal to Saratoga, Albany, and West Point: military spirit and military establishments of the United States; 8. Education and literature in the United States; 9. Religion in the United States; 10. Lowell: manufactures and manufacturing interest of the United States; 11. American character: physical condition of society in America; 12. A peep into the future; A chapter on California.show more