Sixty Miles From Contentment

Dunlop, M.H.
HaperCollins Publishers, Inc. 1995

The purpose of the book Sixty Miles From Contentment is to describe the American interior in the early nineteenth century. Much of the area was left unexplored as travelers rushed into it to see what they could discover.

Thousands of travelers of every race, age, sex, and nationality explored the interior. This book is a collection of journal entries written by individuals who traveled the interior. People describe it¼s towns, shops, farms, agriculture, recreation, and climates, all the way down to giving details on the world¼s largest talking cow. Every state is thoroughly described, and each description is filled with the smallest of details.

"The pigs are becoming masters of the palace: they push the two-legged citizens into the streets, and they occupy the sidewalks. So things begin to look serious here, and we are prepared any day for a pronunciamento of the pigs, they carry their snouts so high already, and seem so bristling with importance."

"I have not seen one Indian."

I found this book hard to follow most of the time, and I felt like it was pieces of information thrown into pages, the topics changing much too rapidly. If you are interested in the history of the United States and you want detail, this would defenitly be the book to read. It did a great job of explaining activities Americans like to hear about.

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