A Young Dutchman Views Post–Civil War America

A Young Dutchman Views Post–Civil War America

Diary of Claude August Crommelin
Claude August Crommelin, Augusta Veenendaal Jr and H Grant, Augusta Veenendaal Jr and H Grant, Augusta Veenendaal Jr
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Format: Hardback 13 b&w illus., 2 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-35609-3
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Not long after the end of the American Civil War, a wealthy young Dutchman by the name of Claude August Crommelin embarked on a tour of the young country, visiting New England, the Middle Atlantic States, the Upper Mississippi Valley, and the war-ravaged South. His family connections allowed him to meet important people, and his interests in industry, politics, and public institutions led him to observe what others might not have noticed. His meticulously kept journal reveals an inquisitive traveler with a keen eye for detail and a genial writing style. Available in English for the first time, Crommelin’s book provides an illuminating outsider's account of the United States at a pivotal point in its history.

Author Bio

Augustus J. Veenendaal, Jr. is author of Spoorwegen in Nederland [Railways in the Netherlands].

H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 24 books, including Visionary Railroader: Jervis Langdon Jr. and the Transportation Revolution (IUP, 2008).


“An important look inside a turbulent period in American history.”
 — James A. Ward, Guerry Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

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Table of Contents


1. From Amsterdam through Belgium and Great Britain to New York: April<N>May 1866
2. In New York City and Westward to Chicago: May 1866
3. From Chicago through Illinois and Northward to Minnesota: May<N>June 1866
4. In Chicago and by way of Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia: June<N>July 1866
5. New York City, Albany, Niagara Falls, Pennsylvania Oil, and Canada: July<N>August 1866
6. In Boston and New England: August<N>September 1866
7. In New York City, New Jersey, and Troy, New York: September<N>October 1866
8. In Boston, Providence, Albany, and back to New York City: October<N>December 1866
9. In the South: Charleston and Savannah: December 1866
10. In Georgia and Virginia: December 1866
11. To Baltimore and Washington, D.C.: December 1866<N>January 1867
12. In New York City: January 1867
13. In New York City and Boston and Salem, Massachusetts: January<N>February 1867


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