Dickens account of his tour of the eastern United States in 1842, and an excellent depiction of the landscape, conditions and mores of pre-Civil War America.
by Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau’s Walden is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self reliance. It details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau’s other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period.