Men and Manners in America

Volume 1

Men and Manners in America

Throughout Men and Manners in America, Thomas Hamilton (1789–1842) describes with scathing honesty, and a sometimes sarcastic wit, the political and social structures of the newly independent United States. Hamilton journeyed to America in 1830, determined to write a conclusive and impartial account of its democracy. On his return, however, he was desperately aware that this impartiality had produced writings with the potential to deeply offend. Men and Manners in America was, in fact, published almost a year later (1833) when Hamilton finally felt duty-bound to speak the truth. His writings serve as a discerning and thorough study of the beginnings of American democracy, and as a delightfully unintended example of the 'prejudices natural to an [nineteenth- century] Englishman'. Volume 1 describes his experiences of New York, Boston, New England, and Philadelphia.


Men and Manners in America Volume 2

Thomas Hamilton

Print Publication Year:

Online Publication Date:

Online ISBN:

Paperback ISBN:

Book DOI: