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Title:
America and the Americans--in 1833-4, by an emigrant
Author:
Gooch, Richard, 1791-1849.
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Publication Information:
New York : Fordham University Press, 1994.
Physical Description:
xlviii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1500 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780823215942

9780823215959
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Gooch examines the American legal system, banks, labor; American policy toward Native Americans and blacks; he includes a condemnation of New York City government and its electoral process, among other topics.


Author Notes

Richard Toby Widdicombe is Professor of English at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.


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Choice Review

Gooch's acerbic account of his alleged sojourn in America should be read less as a travelogue than as a polemic against American life and customs, written to dissuade would-be English emigrants from crossing the Atlantic. Arranged by subject and based on both personal observations and newspaper stories, Gooch's account ridicules aspects of US life ranging from courtship customs to working conditions, from the electoral process to religious practices. Railing against slavery, corruption at the ballot box, treatment of the poor, and other injustices, Gooch decries "Republican America." In a well-researched introduction, Widdicombe sets the account in historical context, providing a useful biography of Gooch, as well as evidence casting doubt on whether Gooch actually visited the US at all. Even with its veracity in doubt, Gooch's account is still a highly readable, clever example of a segment of Tory opinion on America, and of what Widdicombe calls a "unique effort to reorient the British attitude to the United States at the dawn of the Victorian Age." General readers, lower-division undergraduates. E. M. Eisenberg; Willamette University


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Itroductionp. xv
Notesp. xxxix
Statement of Editorial Principlesp. xlv
A Note on the Textp. xlvii
Prefacep. 2
Prefacep. 3
Volume Ip. 5
Chapter I

p. 7

Chapter III

p. 19

Chapter IV

p. 23

Chapter V

p. 28

Chapter VI

p. 33

Chapter VII

p. 37

Chapter VIII

p. 40

Chapter IX

p. 43

Chapter X

p. 47

Chapter XI

p. 53

Chapter XII

p. 57

Chapter XIII

p. 63

Chapter XIV

p. 68

Chapter XV

p. 73

Chapter XVI

p. 79

Volume IIp. 83
Chapter

p. 85

Chapter II

p. 87

Chapter III

p. 91

Chapter IV

p. 97

Chapter V

p. 100

Chapter VI

p. 105

Chapter VII

p. 117

Chapter IX

p. 125

Chapter X

p. 140

Chapter XII

p. 147

Chapter XIV

p. 152

Chapter XV

p. 155

Chapter XVI

p. 157

Chapter XVII

p. 162

Chapter XVIII

p. 167

Coda "On the Perils of Oblivion"p. 173
Notesp. 175
Blbliographiesp. 213
Notesp. 235

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