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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (4 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1179547152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1179547152
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.3 x 24.6 cm
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About the Author

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) authored Society in America (1837) and Retrospect of Western Travel (1838), which are considered to be major analyses of American life. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss reading this .. a too ignored gem 21 Jan. 2016
By renanaha - Published on Amazon.com
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Harriet is a recent discovery...a perceptive observer ...good heart and mind; read her Society in America also
4.0 out of 5 stars Need a primary souce for a history day project? Try this fascinating first person account of America in 1835! 10 Jan. 2012
By Hilary M. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1835, English woman Harriet Martineau traveled to America and stayed there for two years, documenting everything she saw there. Martineau was an interesting observer: deaf, single, and a self-employed writer whose work supported her entire family. She was one of the most famous essayists and sociologists of the Victorian era. She has a disarming, open writing style and an opinion on everything. Like Austen, she is one of the more readable writers of the nineteenth century.

In this volume, Harriet gives her first hand account of the social worlds of Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Washington D.C. She describes meals with President Jackson, observations of the Supreme Court, and a first hand account of a slave auction. She talks about personalities of famous people and the rhythms of daily life. I laughed out loud at her description of half-built, muddy little Washington D.C. and her opinion that it could not possibly last as the United States Capitol.

I found it entertaining, gossipy and insightful. If you are looking for a primary source that depicts daily life in the 1830's, take a look at this charming travelogue.

Note: I didn't purchase this volume. I read the book after finding a google books epub and converted it to my Kindle using Calibre. It was definitely one of the best free books I found for my Kindle.
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