A Young Dutchman Views Post--Civil War America: Diary of Claude August Crommelin

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Indiana University Press, Mar 28, 2011 - History - 208 pages
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Not long after the end of the American Civil War, a wealthy young Dutchman by the name of Claude August Crommelin embarked on a tour of the young country, visiting New England, the Middle Atlantic States, the Upper Mississippi Valley, and the war-ravaged South. His family connections allowed him to meet important people, and his interests in industry, politics, and public institutions led him to observe what others might not have noticed. His meticulously kept journal reveals an inquisitive traveler with a keen eye for detail and a genial writing style. Available in English for the first time, Crommelin's book provides an illuminating outsider's account of the United States at a pivotal point in its history.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
AprilMay 1866
18
May 1866
29
MayJune 1866
37
JuneJuly 1866
49
JulyAugust 1866
56
AugustSeptember 1866
61
SeptemberOctober 1866
71
Charleston and Savannah December 1866
88
December 1866
103
December 1866January 1867
111
January 1867
120
JanuaryFebruary 1867
132
Notes
139
Index
175
Copyright

OctoberDecember 1866
76

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About the author (2011)

Augustus J. Veenendaal, Jr. is author of Spoorwegen in Nederland [Railways in the Netherlands].

H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 24 books, including Visionary Railroader: Jervis Langdon Jr. and the Transportation Revolution (IUP, 2008).

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