Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers' 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City

Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers' 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City

by Tracy Lawson


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ISBN-13: 9781935778196
Publisher: McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, The
Publication date: 05/28/2012
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers' 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upon first picking up this book, the layout of information was very appealing and easy to read. It also includes many photographs to help bring the story to life.  Not only is this the telling of the author’s discovery of her great-great-great-grand father’s travels and life, but also a well-researched historical account of the 1800’s time period.  Great read for those interested in history and genealogy.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More: Explorations of Henry Rogers’ 1838 Journal of Travel from Southwestern Ohio to New York City is a non-fiction account shared by Tracy Lawson, Henry’s great-great-great-granddaughter. The book is filled with pictures and observations from a journey that was made years ago. This trip was made by wagon and was a summer vacation for Henry, his wife and in-laws, as well as a working trip as Henry was a miller. They toured many mills along the way in order to improve his own.  This book is the journal of Henry’s explorations of the area between Ohio and New York City. The author has included her own thoughts and commentary alongside Henry’s account; this provides additional information and explains more about the people and areas mentioned in Henry’s journal. This book is divided into two main sections, the first being about the year of 1838 and Henry’s experiences and the second section being Tracy’s research and her experience while researching and writing this book. Henry’s journal is shared in chapters devoted to each area he traveled through and then a chapter about city living during the year 1838.  Tracy Lawson has brought her ancestor’s journal to life. This book really explains the time period and way of life. I love the layout of this book as it is easy to follow and divided by region. The additional commentary is included to go along with the journal accounts. The pictures from then and now are great additions as well. What really drew me to the book in the first place is the cover; it is a beautiful illustration from that time period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am pleased to share William Kerrigan's review of this book: Travel diaries are among the most important sources historians have for drawing pictures of the past, as travelers often make descriptive observations of things locals take for granted. Henry Rogers’ journal of his trip from Cincinnati to New York in 1838 offers us a wonderful series of Polaroids of town and country life in the Midwest and Northeast in the antebellum era. Rogers’ journey occurred at a particularly significant moment in the history of the early republic, just as improved roads and canals drew Ohioans out of isolation and into a wider social and economic world. Much of his trip followed the National Road, the first federally-funded inter-state road, and among the most important roads of the era in accelerating social and economic change. The journal is presented in its entirety, supplemented with explanatory notes and useful illustrations. Rogers’ great-great-great granddaughter Tracy Lawson has done a wonderful job puzzling out the meaning of some of the obsolete language in the diary and supplying a context for understanding Henry’s experiences and times. In a second section, Tracy Lawson describes her 21st century retracing of Henry’s route, documenting what remains of Henry’s world. Anyone interested in the history of everyday life in the decades before the Civil War will find Fips, Bots, Doggeries and More a delightful read. Anyone on their own journey into their family’s past, struggling to make meaning old family artifacts and documents, will learn a great deal about how to do it by following Tracy Lawson’s journey. - William Kerrigan, Cole Professor of American History, Muskingum University, New Concord, OH, June 2012