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North America - Volume 2

Anthony Trollope

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .South for secession have been trifling almost beyond conception. Northern tariffs have been the first, and perhaps foremost. Then there has been a plea that the national exchequer has paid certain bounties to New England fishermen, of which the South has paid its share, getting no part of such bounty in return. There is also a complaint as to the navigation laws—meaning, I believe, that the laws of the States increase the cost of coast traffic by forbidding foreign vessels to engage in the trade, thereby increasing also the price of goods and confining the benefit to the North, which carries on the coasting trade of the country, and doing only injury to the South, which has none of it. Then last, but not least, comes that grievance as to the Fugitive Slave Law. The law of the land as a whole—the law of the nation—requires the rendition from free States of all fugitive slaves. But the free States will not obey this law. They even pass State laws in opposition to. . . Read More

Community Reviews

vol 1 5-12, 126-82, 210-17
vol 2 46-67

Trollope had a typical upper-class Englishman's view of America. Still, he liked it more than his mother did! Not as interesting at his book about the West Indies, though.

An interesting contrast with his mother's much more opinionated and forthright 'Domestic Manners of the Americans'. Anthony Trollope takes a more considered approach and doesn't find so much to condemn, though he is still critical.

His mother, Frances Trollope, having written a book 'Domestic Manners of the Americans' which was not very well received in the USA because of its unfavourable view of the country, Anthony visited the continent 30 years later to re-assess the country and in order to put the family name in a more fav

Trollope took a tour of the U.S. during the Civil War. I picked this up at my Dad's house for some reason. His reflections on American customs and morays are amusing, and his observations on what he sees as immutable differences between North and South sound all too familiar, chilling, but too simpl