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Letters from Alabama (U.S.): Chiefly Relating to Natural History

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences

By: Philip Henry Gosse(Author)

322 pages, 31 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2015 | #223043 | ISBN-13: 9781108084536
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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

The English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-88) spent nine months in 1838-9 in a small town in Alabama where he was the teacher at the local school. His time there was unhappy because of the widespread abuse of slaves he witnessed, the support of the practice by his fellow Methodists being particularly distressing. However, he loved the beauty of his surroundings, and the abundant wildlife, and in 1859 he published this account in the form of nineteen letters. Gosse recounts in detail his voyage from Philadelphia to Mobile, Alabama, and the environment around his new home in the hills, with vivid descriptions of the plants, animals and insects he observed there. He rarely mentions slavery specifically, but the arrogance of the masters and the plight of their 'possessions' is a recurring theme in the work. Other books on natural history by Gosse are also reissued in this series.


Preface; 1. Philadelphia 2. Mobile; 3. School; 4. Night scene; 5. Ride to Kahawba; 6. Indian corn; 7. Description of a southern house; 8. Robbing bee's nest; 9. Peaches; 10. Florida coffee; 11. Possum hunting by night; 12. Manners of the south; 13. Night in the swamp; 14. Weather and health; 15. Cotton-picking; 16. A varied walk; 17. Association of ideas; 18. Postponement of winter; 19. A heavy turkey.

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