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American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 comprises 253 published
narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the
colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American
peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Also included is the thirty-two-volume
set of manuscript sources entitled Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, published between
1904 and 1907 after diligent compilation by the distinguished historian and secretary of the
Wisconsin Historical Society Reuben Gold Thwaites. Although many of the authors represented
in American Notes are not widely known, the collection includes works by major figures such as
Matthew Arnold, Fredrika Bremer, William Cullen Bryant, François-René de Chateaubriand, William
Cobbett, James Fenimore Cooper, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, Charles Dickens, Washington
Irving, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Sir Charles Lyell, William Lyon Mackenzie, André Michaux,
Thomas Nuttall, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Robert Louis Stevenson. The narratives in American Notes therefore range from the
unjustly neglected to the justly famous, and from classics of the genre to undiscovered gems.
Together, they build a mosaic portrait of a young nation.
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The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes,
perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may
contain materials offensive to some readers.
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