Greater Britain: Volume 1

Greater Britain: Volume 1

by Charles Wentworth Dilke


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As a young man, Charles Wentworth Dilke (1843–1911), the Cambridge-educated Radical politician who went on to campaign for votes for women and labourers, legalisation of trade unions, and universal schooling, spent two years touring the English-speaking world. This two-volume illustrated account of his journey was published in 1868, the year in which he first entered Parliament. Volume 1 describes his travels across the United States, where he arrived aboard The Saratoga, landing at Chesapeake Bay in Virginia on 20 June 1866. Dilke explored the reconstructing American South, the bustling eastern seaboard, the vast plains of the Midwest, the magnificent Rocky Mountain range, and the diverse landscape and peoples of California before venturing south into Mexico and departing for Polynesia and the Pacific islands. He thoughtfully discusses the legacy of British colonial culture in America, and its continuing diffusion via America to other parts of the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108003001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - North American History Series
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I: 1. Virginia; 2. The Negro; 3. The south; 4. The empire state; 5. Cambridge commencement; 6. Canada; 7. University of Michigan; 8. The pacific railroad; 9. Omphalism; 10. Letter from Denver; 11. Red India; 12. Colorado; 13. Rocky Mountains; 14. Brigham Young; 15. Mormondom; 16. Western editors; 17. Utah; 18. Nameless Alps; 19. Virginia city; 20. El Dorado; 21. Lynch law; 22. Golden city; 23. Little China; 24. California; 25. Mexico; 26. Republican or Democrat; 27. Brothers; 28. America; Part II: 29. Pitcairn Island; 30. Hokitika; 31. Polynesians; 32. Parewanui Pah; 33. The Maories; 34. The two flies; 35. The Pacific; Appendix.

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