Unspeakable Awfulness

Unspeakable Awfulness

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The late nineteenth century was a golden age for European travel in the United States. For prosperous Europeans, a journey to America was a fresh alternative to the more familiar a€˜Grand Toura€™ of their own continent, promising encounters with a vast, wild landscape, and with people whose culture was similar enough to their own to be intelligible, yet different enough to be interesting. Their observations of America and its inhabitants provide a striking lens on this era of American history, and a fascinating glimpse into how the people of the past perceived one another. In Unspeakable Awfulness, Kenneth D. Rose gathers together a broad selection of the observations made by European travellers to the United States. European visitors remarked upon what they saw as a distinctly American approach to everything from class, politics, and race to language, food, and advertising. Their assessments of the a€˜American charactera€™ continue to echo today, and create a full portrait of late-nineteenth century America as seen through the eyes of its visitors. Including vivid travellersa€™ tales and plentiful illustrations, Unspeakable Awfulness is a rich resource that will be useful to students and appeal to anyone interested in travel history and narratives.Came to Chicago for the Worlda#39;s Columbian Exposition in 1893, and developed an interest in the problems of the city. ... Robert Louis Stevenson, a€œThe Amateur Emigrant, a€ in From Scotland to Silverado [1892] (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1966). ... Richard Dalby (Westcliff-on-Sea, UK: Desert Island Books, 2002).

Title:Unspeakable Awfulness
Author:Kenneth D. Rose
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-07-24


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