Travel Literature in the South
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The Freedmen of South Carolina: Some Account of their Appearance, Character, Condition and Peculiar Customs - A collection of papers written by Charles Nordhoff, an American journalist, in 1863.
The Cotton Kingdom: A Traveller's Observations on Cotton and Slavery in the American Slave States - The observations of Frederick Law Olmsted as he travelled across the South in 1861.
Report on the Condition of the South - Carl Schurz - Report commissioned by Andrew Johnson that to his chagrin urged a more aggressive Reconstruction policy.
The South: A tour of its battle-fields and ruined cities - A book written by American author J.T. Trowbridge in 1865, containing his observations of the South in the aftermath of the Civil War.
The South since the War: As shown by fourteen weeks of travel and observation in Georgia and the Carolinas - The observations of Sidney Andrews while travelling through Georgia and the Carolinas, published in Boston, 1866.
After the Civil War ended, many Northern white journalists travelled South to observe the condition of the defeated states. They were often motivated by an interest in the activities and character of the Southern black population of freedmen. Linked are various travel literatures from this period.
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