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B A C K


~ The train tracks ended at the Mississippi River.

~ The Civil War had not yet been fought.

~ There were 31 states (green on the map below).









~The 1850 Census - 23,263,486




~ By the 1850s nearly all Native Americans, roughly 360,000, lived west of the Mississippi River.


Lynn B. Connor - Adventures in History
LINK: free ebook by Isabella Bird
THE ENGLISH WOMAN IN AMERICA www.Gutenberg.org

Boston
American House Hotel


A five hour train ride from Portland brought me to Boston. I came to American House and entered through the ladies's door. I wrote my name in a book and was given a key with a nUmber attached. "...my identity was lost-merged in a mere numeral."

Supper was in an immense hall. I must mention "the rapidity with which the Americans despatch their meals." My neighbor at the table finished was replaced my another and then another before I finished. "The effect of this at a where 400 or 600 sit down to dine, is unpleasant, for the swing-door is incessantly in motion. Indeed, the utter absence of repose is almost the first thing which strikes a stranger."

I next went into the ladies' parlor....""as I was proceeding to write a letter, a porter came in and told me that writing was not allowed in that saloon. 'Freedom again!'"

Tomorrow my journey to the far west begins.
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THE UNITED STATES IN 1854
19,630,738 whites
3,204,089 slaves
428,661 free colored
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