Through Others' Eyes: Published Accounts of Antebellum Montgomery, Alabama

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Through Other's Eyes is a collection of twenty-seven published accounts of Montgomery, Alabama, covered the thirty-six years between April 1825 and May 1861. With two exceptions, the stays in Montgomery were quite short. Each account is preceded by biographical information about the author. The accounts were written by both famous and obscure travelers―American and European political and military personages, ministers, gentlemen scientists, authors and periodical correspondents, lecturers, entertainers, and even by what were professional travelers. In general, they wrote for commercial reasons; travel books were popular in the nineteenth century. Besides the inevitable comments on the horrible state of accommodations and food, and the trials of travel by stage coach, steamboat, and railway, they commented on slavery, of course, but also on natural history, agriculture, gambling and drinking, Montgomery's hinterland, and Alabamians. The comments on the latter were both complimentary and not. Europeans and Americans tended to have differing opinions. Although the travelers' assessments were made hurriedly and tended to focus on differences rather than similarities―probably to promote sales―they do provide a captivating insight into antebellum Montgomery. Through Other's Eyes is a companion volume to The Very Worst Road: Travellers' Accounts of Crossing Alabama's Old Creek Indian Territory, 1820-1848.

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Jeffrey Benton, a retired Air Force colonel, has taught history and English at the University of Maryland Far East Division, The Citadel, the Air War College, Auburn University Montgomery, Troy University Montgomery, and The Montgomery Academy. His research interests are currently focused on local history. He has written extensively on Montgomery and its environs, including more than two hundred newspaper articles. His books on local history include Respectable and Disreputable: Leisure Time in Antebellum Montgomery, published by NewSouth Books; A Sense of Place: Montgomery’s Architectural Heritage, 1821–1951; The Very Worst Road: Travellers’ Accounts of Crossing Alabama’s Old Creek Indian Territory, 1820–1847; and They Served Here: Thirty-three Maxwell Men. He received his BA from The Citadel, as well as master's degrees in English, political science, and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Auburn University Montgomery, and Auburn University.

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"Through Others' Eyes: Published Accounts of Antebellum Montgomery, Alabama adds to Jeffrey Benton's multiple contributions on Montgomery's history. Benton introduces each entry with a brief biographical sketch of the traveler, including information relative to the opinions and notes on Montgomery; these character sketches greatly add to the reader's understanding and enjoyment." ―Montgomery Advertiser

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