A Young Dutchman Views Postacivil War America (Hardcover)

Diary of Claude August Crommelin

By Claude August Crommelin, Augusta Veenendaal Jr (Introduction by), H. Grant (Introduction by)

Indiana University Press, 9780253356093, 195pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2011



Not long after the end of the American Civil War, a wealthy young Dutchman by the name of Claude August Crommelin embarked on a tour of the young country, visiting New England, the Middle Atlantic States, the Upper Mississippi Valley, and the war-ravaged South. His family connections allowed him to meet important people, and his interests in industry, politics, and public institutions led him to observe what others might not have noticed. His meticulously kept journal reveals an inquisitive traveler with a keen eye for detail and a genial writing style. Available in English for the first time, Crommelin's book provides an illuminating outsider's account of the United States at a pivotal point in its history.

About the Author

Augustus J. Veenendaal, Jr. is author of Spoorwegen in Nederland [Railways in the Netherlands].H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 24 books, including Visionary Railroader: Jervis Langdon Jr. and the Transportation Revolution (IUP, 2008).