By Harriet Martineau
The British pupil Harriet Martineau spent years vacationing during the usa ahead of writing her three-volume remark, Society in the United States, in 1837. Her long trip all started in manhattan within the autumn of 1834, below sixty years after the delivery of the us, and he or she immersed herself within the politics, economics, civilisation and religions of the rustic ahead of returning to England in the summertime of 1836. Her travels took her to the nation's capital, the place she loved the hospitality of the president, witnessed preferrred court docket lawsuits and visited either homes of Congress. She additionally went to prisons, hospitals and psychological associations, literary and clinical foundations, factories, plantations and farms round the land; lived in farmhouses and log cabins; and travelled via horse, stagecoach and steamboat. This moment quantity is dedicated to the us economic climate of the 1830s, interpreting American agriculture, transportation, production and trade.
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More virtuous than now. Whenever she can make out what virtue is, so as to prove that New England was ever more virtuous than now, her plans may find hearers; but not till then. I mention these things merely to show how confirmed is the tendency of New England to manufactures, in preference to agriculture. There is one certain test of the permanent fitness of any district of country for agricultural purposes; the settlement of any large number of Germans in it. The Germans give any price for good land, and use it all.
On this head, the two political parties seem to be more agreed than on any other. The federalists are the great patrons of commerce; but they are as proud of the national lands as the broadest of the democrats. The democrats, however, may be regarded as the patrons of agriculture, out of the slave States. There seems to be a natural relation between the independence of property and occupation enjoyed by the agriculturist, and his watchfulness over State Rights and the political importance of individuals.
The cook applied himself to chopping wood, in order to lighting a fire, in order to baking some bread, in order to give us ECONOMY. 27 something to eat; for not a scrap of meat, or an ounce of biscuit, was left on board. It occurred to me that our party might reach the city, either by paying high for one of the ship's boats, or by getting the mate to hail one of the schooners that were in the river. The boats could not be spared. The mate hoisted a signal for a schooner; and one came alongside, very fully laden with shingles.
Society in America by Harriet Martineau