Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau's Last Journey

Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau's Last Journey


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While Henry David Thoreau’s travels to the Maine Woods and Cape Cod were well documented and have been followed by “Thoreauvians” for decades, his 1861 “journey west” with Horace Mann, Jr.—which took the duo from Massachusetts to Minnesota and back—was left to be veiled in mystery. This book details this, the last, longest, and least-known of Thoreau’s excursions. The story of two 19th-century men and the 21st-century woman who was determined to follow their 4,000-mile path, this account will intrigue history buffs as they follow in the footsteps of a popular American writer and naturalist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927043301
Publisher: Libri Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Corinne Hosfeld Smith is a librarian with more than 30 years of experience who serves on the staff of the Mondor-Eagen Library at Anna Maria College. She lives in Athol, Massachusetts. Laura Dassow Walls is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Emerson's Life in Science, The Passage to Cosmos, and Seeing New Worlds and the coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism.

Table of Contents

Foreword Laura Dassow Wells xiii

Preface xxi

The Travelers and their Route 1

Chapter 1 Concord to Worcester 31

Chapter 2 In Worcester 41

Chapter 3 Worcester to Albany 59

Chapter 4 Albany to Suspension Bridge 79

Chapter 5 Niagara Falls, Goat Island, and Environs 93

Chapter 6 Niagara Falls to Detroit 117

Chapter 7 Detroit to Chicago 127

Chapter 8 In Chicago 147

Chapter 9 Chicago to Dunleith 171

Chapter 10 Dunleith to ST. Paul 191

Chapter 11 Around ST. Paul and Minneapolis 211

Chapter 12 The Lower Sioux Agency Excursion 251

Chapter 13 St. Paul to Prairie Du Chien 285

Chapter 14 Prairie Du Chien to Milwaukee 305

Chapter 15 Milwaukee to Mackinac Island 329

Chapter 16 Mackinac Island to Toronto 349

Chapter 17 Toronto to Ogdensburg 369

Chapter 18 Ogdensburg to Boston 381

Chapter 19 Boston to Concord 397

Great Circle Sailing 415

Acknowledgements 429

Index 431

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