American Travellers in Liverpool

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American Travellers in Liverpool


March 31st, 2020

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Liverpool was the first British port of call for most American travellers throughout the nineteenth century. Many left accounts of their experiences in the city, providing fascinating glimpses of a Liverpool life that has now disappeared. The excerpts collected here give a series of American views of Liverpool and demonstrate the rich variety of cultural contacts between the two nations during the nineteenth century.


'This well-edited text presents the observations and impressions of a variety of Americans who visited or resided in the city, focusing especially on nineteenth-century sources.'

Studies in Travel Writing, Vol. 12, No. 3

Studies in Travel Writing, Vol. 12, No. 3

'The breadth of [American Travellers in Liverpool]'s overall scope is commendable, facilitating comparisons between the accounts of numerous observers... There is a great deal to appreciate and indeed enjoy in this book, especially as much of the city depicted in the accounts of these American travellers is recognisable today.’
Wayne Turnbull, HSLC

Author Information

David Seed is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Illustrations19
1. Commercial, Diplomatic and Scientific Travellers21
2. Passionate Pilgrims54
3. Audubon and Catlin: Artists of the American Wilderness84
4. Herman Melville: Redburn102
5. Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Consul134
6. Social Observers166
7. African American Campaigners, Abolition and Evangelism205
8. Lecturers and Reformers240
9. The American Civil War266
10. Overviews of Liverpool and Public Events292
Early American Consuls in Liverpool (1790–1927)318
Further Reading319