American Notes
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American Notes

By Charles Dickens
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American Notes for General Circulation is a travelogue by Charles Dickens detailing his trip to North America from January to June, 1842. Whilst there he acted as a critical observer of North American society, almost as if returning a status report on their progress. This can be compared to the style of his Pictures from Italy written four years later, where he wrote far more like a tourist. His American journey was also an inspiration for his novel Martin Chuzzlewit. Having arrived in Boston, he visited Lowell, New York, and Philadelphia, and travelled as far south as Richmond, as far west as St. Louis and as far north as Quebec. The American city he liked best was Boston – "the air was so clear, the houses were so bright and gay. [...] The city is a beautiful one, and cannot fail, I should imagine, to impress all strangers very favourably." Further, it was close to the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind where Dickens encountered Laura Bridgman, who impressed him greatly.

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Table of Contents
  • AMERICAN NOTES FOR GENERAL CIRCULATION AND PICTURES FROM ITALY [1]
  • PREFACE TO THE FIRST CHEAP EDITION OF “AMERICAN NOTES”
  • PREFACE TO THE “CHARLES DICKENS” EDITION OF “AMERICAN NOTES”
  • CONTENTS
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
  • CHAPTER I GOING AWAY
  • CHAPTER II THE PASSAGE OUT
  • CHAPTER III BOSTON
  • CHAPTER IV AN AMERICAN RAILROAD.  LOWELL AND ITS FACTORY SYSTEM
  • CHAPTER V WORCESTER.  THE CONNECTICUT RIVER.  HARTFORD.  NEW HAVEN.  TO NEW YORK
  • CHAPTER VI NEW YORK
  • CHAPTER VII PHILADELPHIA, AND ITS SOLITARY PRISON
  • CHAPTER VIII WASHINGTON.  THE LEGISLATURE.  AND THE PRESIDENT’S HOUSE
  • CHAPTER IX A NIGHT STEAMER ON THE POTOMAC RIVER.  VIRGINIA ROAD, AND A BLACK DRIVER.  RICHMOND.  BALTIMORE.  THE HARRISBURG MAIL, AND A GLIMPSE OF THE CITY.  A CANAL BOAT
  • CHAPTER X SOME FURTHER ACCOUNT OF THE CANAL BOAT, ITS DOMESTIC ECONOMY, AND ITS PASSENGERS.  JOURNEY TO PITTSBURG ACROSS THE ALLEGHANY MOUNTAINS.  PITTSBURG
  • CHAPTER XI FROM PITTSBURG TO CINCINNATI IN A WESTERN STEAMBOAT.  CINCINNATI
  • CHAPTER XII FROM CINCINNATI TO LOUISVILLE IN ANOTHER WESTERN STEAMBOAT; AND FROM LOUISVILLE TO ST. LOUIS IN ANOTHER.  ST. LOUIS
  • CHAPTER XIII A JAUNT TO THE LOOKING-GLASS PRAIRIE AND BACK
  • CHAPTER XIV RETURN TO CINCINNATI.  A STAGE-COACH RIDE FROM THAT CITY TO COLUMBUS, AND THENCE TO SANDUSKY.  SO, BY LAKE ERIE, TO THE FALLS OF NIAGARA
  • CHAPTER XV IN CANADA; TORONTO; KINGSTON; MONTREAL; QUEBEC; ST.  JOHN’S.  IN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN; LEBANON; THE SHAKER VILLAGE; WEST POINT
  • CHAPTER XVI THE PASSAGE HOME
  • CHAPTER XVII SLAVERY
  • CHAPTER XVIII CONCLUDING REMARKS
  • POSTSCRIPT
  • FOOTNOTES
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