Unspeakable Awfulness: America Through The Eyes Of European Travelers, 1865-1900 by Kenneth D. RoseUnspeakable Awfulness: America Through The Eyes Of European Travelers, 1865-1900 by Kenneth D. Rose

Unspeakable Awfulness: America Through The Eyes Of European Travelers, 1865-1900

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The late nineteenth century was a golden age for European travel in the United States. For prosperous Europeans, a journey to America was a fresh alternative to the more familiar 'Grand Tour' of their own continent, promising encounters with a vast, wild landscape, and with people whose culture was similar enough to their own to be intelligible, yet different enough to be interesting. Their observations of America and its inhabitants provide a striking lens on this era of American history, and a fascinating glimpse into how the people of the past perceived one another.

InUnspeakable Awfulness, Kenneth D. Rose gathers together a broad selection of the observations made by European travellers to the United States. European visitors remarked upon what they saw as a distinctly American approach to everything from class, politics, and race to language, food, and advertising. Their assessments of the 'American character' continue to echo today, and create a full portrait of late-nineteenth century America as seen through the eyes of its visitors.

Including vivid travellers' tales and plentiful illustrations,Unspeakable Awfulnessis a rich resource that will be useful to students and appeal to anyone interested in travel history and narratives.

Kenneth D. Roseteaches history at California State University, Chico. He is the author ofMyth of the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in World War II,One Nation Underground: The Fallout Shelter in American Culture, andAmerican Women and the Repeal of Prohibition.
Title:Unspeakable Awfulness: America Through The Eyes Of European Travelers, 1865-1900Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.68 inPublished:July 22, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:041581765X

ISBN - 13:9780415817653

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Character, Class, Dress, Advertising

Chapter 2: The Built Environment: Cities and Boosterism, Accomodations and Transportation

Chapter 3: Culture: Aesthetics, Language, Music, Humor, Copyright and Journalism

Chapter 4: Personal Habits: Dining, Drinking, Tobacco Chewing, and Gun Use

Chapter 5: Domestic Relations: Women, Men, Children and Their Education

Chapter 6: Race, Immigration, and Religion

Chapter 7: War, Politics, and Patriotism

Chapter 8: The West: Landscape, Human Inhabitants, and Decline


Editorial Reviews

"The book provides an excellent introduction to the 19th-century US following the Civil War, and thanks to the far-reaching number of topics and documented sources, inherently suggests numerous points of exploration for further study and research. Abundant notes, ample illustrations, and a very extensive bibliography.  Summing Up: Highly recommended." - R. A. Shaddy, Queens  College, CHOICE "In researching this subject, Rose has clearly plumbed the depths of the extant published travel literature from this era. He demonstrates a nearly encyclopedic understanding of this material¿Overall, Rose¿s book is a welcome and necessary addition, an impressive, broadly sourced, well written work." - Richard Gassan, American University of Sharjah, The American Historical Review