Recollections of Life in Ohio, from 1813-1840 by HOWELLS, William Cooper

Sinopse

Recollections of Life in Ohio is the autobiography of William Cooper Howells (1807-1894), father of the American novelist William Dean Howells. The Howells were Welsh woolen mill owners. William Coopers father brought the family to America in 1808--at a time when Great Britain actually forbid skilled workmen from emigrating, thus putting the fathers practical knowledge of mill machinery in great demand. Small scale industries--paper and woolen mills, flour mills, and distilleries were sprouting apace with farms in the newly opened lands of Ohio, where the Howells settled in 1813. This was a time and place where neighbors joined together to raise log barns and husk corn, where local peach brandy was a staple drink, and where religious revivalism permeated the social fabric, fanned by itinerant preachers such as Johnny Appleseed. The Howells were originally Quakers, but William Coopers father converted to an enthusiastic brand of Methodism, and William Cooper in later years followed the teachings of Swedenborg. William Cooper Howells recollections see him herding the family pig down the road with a noose around its hind leg, acting as corner man at a log barn raising, curing tobacco in a smoke house, grubbing stumps, fighting snakes, and wrestling with what it meant to be religious at the camp meetings to which father took him. Early on, William Cooper showed a literary bent and an interest in politics. He became a printer and a newspaper man and, in the 1870s and 80s served as U.S. consul in Quebec and Toronto. The novelist William Dean Howells writes of his dad in the introduction to the Recollections: My father was always a very close and critical observer, both of nature and human nature and equally a lover of both. He was not a poet in the artistic sense, but he was a poet in his view of life, the universe, creation; and his dream of it included man, as well as the woods and fields and their citizenship. Recollections of Life in Ohio is a fascinating and enjoyable read for anyone interested in U.S. frontier history.

Episódios

  • Opposition to the Mexican War Declining Years

    Opposition to the Mexican War; Declining Years

    16/09/2016 Duração: 30min
  • Public Executions Slaveholders Panic in Wheeling

    Public Executions; Slaveholders' Panic in Wheeling

    16/09/2016 Duração: 33min
  • Six Cents Fine and Five Minutes in Prison The Author Starts a Magazine

    Six Cents Fine and Five Minutes in Prison; The Author Starts a Magazine

    16/09/2016 Duração: 30min
  • The Author Opens a Grammar School How Singing was Taught

    The Author Opens a Grammar School; How Singing was Taught

    16/09/2016 Duração: 31min
  • Tobacco Raising Ohio Canal and Work on it

    Tobacco Raising; Ohio Canal and Work on it

    16/09/2016 Duração: 36min
  • Washing of Blue Feet Hewn-Log Farmhouses

    Washing of Blue Feet; Hewn-Log Farmhouses

    16/09/2016 Duração: 34min
  • Camp-Meeting in the Rain A Night Grammar School

    Camp-Meeting in the Rain; A Night Grammar School

    16/09/2016 Duração: 32min
  • Early Steamboats Rafts on the River

    Early Steamboats; Rafts on the River

    16/09/2016 Duração: 35min
  • A Log Cabin Pigs in the Woods

    A Log Cabin; Pigs in the Woods

    16/09/2016 Duração: 36min
  • Scanty Schooling A Religious Enthusiast

    Scanty Schooling; A Religious Enthusiast

    16/09/2016 Duração: 30min
  • The Woolen Mill Sketch of Quaker Usages and Customs

    The Woolen Mill; Sketch of Quaker Usages and Customs

    16/09/2016 Duração: 30min
  • Emigration to America Down the Ohio by Keelboat

    Emigration to America; Down the Ohio by Keelboat

    16/09/2016 Duração: 31min

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