Domestic Manners of the Americans

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MobileReference.com, 2010 - History - 406 pages
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Domestic Manners of the Americans is an 1832 travel book by Frances Trollope which follows her travels through America and her residence in Cincinnati, at the time still a frontier town. The book created a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, as Trollope had a caustic view of the Americans and found America strongly lacking in manners and learning. She was appalled by America's egalitarian middle-class and by the influence of evangelicalism that was emerging during the Second Great Awakening. She was also disgusted by slavery, of which she saw relatively little as she stayed in the South only briefly, and by the popularity of tobacco chewing. Trollope traveled to America together with her son Anthony Trollope, who would later become a famous author in his own right, and with Frances Wright, a prominent abolitionist and early feminist. She briefly stayed at the Nashoba Commune, a Utopian settlement for ex-slaves which Wright had set up in Tennessee, where she was dismayed by the primitive conditions.Mark Twain was amused and impressed by Trollope's observations of the Antebellum frontier America he grew up in: Mrs Trollope was so handsomely cursed and reviled by this nation [for] telling the truth... she was painting a state of things which did not change at once. ... I remember it. OCo Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."

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Mrs Fanny Trollope is the nom-de-plume of Frances Trollope, English novelist, born near Bristol, in 1780. She first came to public notice with the publication of Domestic Manners of the Americans, and went on to publish over 100 volumes, including Jessie Phillips, and Michael Armstrong, Britain’s first “workhouse” novel She died in Florence in 1863. Anthony Trollope, well known author of the Barchester Chronicles, was her third son.

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