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The South-West By a Yankee. In Two Volumes. Volume 2   By: (1809-1860)

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Joseph Holt Ingraham's "The South-West By a Yankee. In Two Volumes. Volume 2" offers readers a captivating exploration of the American frontier during the nineteenth century. Continuing the narrative from the first volume, Ingraham masterfully unfolds the tale of an adventurous Yankee's quest for love, wealth, and personal growth amidst the backdrop of the southwestern United States.

The second volume immerses readers in the wild landscapes and untamed territories that define the South-West, painting a vivid picture of the challenges these early pioneers faced. Ingraham's detailed descriptions and rich imagery transport readers to a time when rugged cowboys, Native American tribes, and harsh weather conditions shaped the region's distinctive character.

One of the strongest aspects of this book is Ingraham's incredible storytelling ability. He skillfully weaves together various plotlines, intermingling love affairs, battles against nature, and political intrigue to create a captivating narrative that keeps readers engrossed till the very end. Moreover, the author successfully balances action-packed scenes with moments of introspection, making each character come alive in a way that is both relatable and endearing.

Ingraham's characters are a memorable cast, especially the Yankee protagonist who undergoes a remarkable transformation throughout the story. From an ambitious and somewhat naive young man, he matures into a seasoned frontiersman, learning from his mistakes and becoming attuned to the captivating and often treacherous environment around him. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, adding depth and authenticity to the tale. In particular, Ingraham's portrayal of the Native American tribes is sensitive and respectful, avoiding harmful stereotypes and presenting them as complex individuals with their own stories and struggles.

The author's meticulous attention to historical details is another commendable aspect of this book. While the story itself is fictitious, Ingraham incorporates accurate cultural, social, and historical information into the narrative, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the time period. This level of authenticity adds depth and credibility, further enhancing the overall reading experience.

However, the book does have some shortcomings. The pacing occasionally feels uneven, with certain sections dragging on while others race by. Additionally, some readers may find Ingraham's writing style to be overly flowery and melodramatic, occasionally hindering the story's momentum. Nevertheless, these minor flaws do not detract from the book's overall enjoyment.

In conclusion, Joseph Holt Ingraham's "The South-West By a Yankee. Volume 2" is a captivating historical adventure that transports readers to a vividly depicted frontier landscape. With its engaging storytelling, well-developed characters, and attention to historical authenticity, this book is sure to please fans of historical fiction and anyone seeking an immersive journey into the wild American West.

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Where on my way I went; A pilgrim from the North Now more and more attracted, as I drew Nearer and nearer.







[Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1835, by HARPER & BROTHERS, in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.]



Characteristic scenery of the Mississippi Card playing Sabbath on board a steamboat An old sinner A fair Virginian Inquisitiveness of Yankee ladies Southern ladies A general Ellis's cliffs Mines Atala Natchez in the distance Duelling ground Fort Rosalie Forests A traveller's remark. Page 9


Land at the Levée African porters First impression of passing travellers "Natchez under the Hill" A dizzy road A rapid descent View from the summit Fine scenery in the vicinity Reservoir A tawny Silenus A young Apollo Warriors "hors du combat" Indian females Mississippian backwoodsman Mansion House. 17


A northerner's idea of the south west Natchez and health "Broadway" of Natchez Street scenes Private carriages Auction store Sale of a slave Manner in which slaves view slavery Shopping Fashion Southern gentlemen Merchants Planters Whip bearers Planters' families... Continue reading book >>

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