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A Young Dutchman Views Post-Civil War America

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 traveller 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 Acknowledgments Introduction 1. From Amsterdam through Belgium and Great Britain to New York: AprilMay 1866 2. In New York City and Westward to Chicago: May 1866 3. From Chicago through Illinois and Northward to Minnesota: MayJune 1866 4. In Chicago and by way of Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia: JuneJuly 1866 5. New York City, Albany, Niagara Falls, Pennsylvania Oil, and Canada: JulyAugust 1866 6. In Boston and New England: AugustSeptember 1866 7. In New York City, New Jersey, and Troy, New York: SeptemberOctober 1866 8. In Boston, Providence, Albany, and back to New York City: OctoberDecember 1866 9. In the South: Charleston and Savannah: December 1866 10. In Georgia and Virginia: December 1866 11. To Baltimore and Washington, D.C.: December 1866January 1867 12. In New York City: January 1867 13. In New York City and Boston and Salem, Massachusetts: JanuaryFebruary 1867 Notes Index

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A traveller's observations of a nation emerging from war

About the Author

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).


"An important look inside a turbulent period in American history." James A. Ward, Guerry Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

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