An Attempt to Describe the Future of the United States
0.21 linear feet (1 box)
This collection consists of six bound sections of a partial manuscript written aboard the steamship
Emily B. Souder in 1865 by an unknown author. The manuscript discusses the author's views on the American Civil War, self-governance, and slavery. Digital reproductions are available online.
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Finding aid prepared by Angela Manella.
S.S. Emily B. Souder was built in Philadelphia for E. A. Souder in 1863. The wooden propeller ship measured 203 feet from bow to stern, and carried passengers and freight between South America, Caribbean and the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States until she sank off the coast of Jamaica in 1878. The
Emily B. Souder gained notoriety for bringing yellow fever to New Orleans in the late 1870s, precipitating an epidemic that ultimately claimed 4600 lives in that city before spreading up the Mississippi River.
Collection Scope and Content Notes
This collection consists of six bound sections of a partial manuscript written during a voyage from Brazil to New York City aboard the
S. S. Emily B. Souder in 1863 and 1865 by an unknown author. The work explains the author's views on the American Civil War, self-governance, and slavery. The author describes himself as a "true democrat" and optimist who maintains faith in Americans' ability to govern themselves. He is a supporter of the federal government, and mourns the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He is, however, critical of abolitionists and their conviction "that they are specially appointed by Heaven to bring about freedom of the Southern slaves regardless of all considerations whatever; and that the constitution, peace, good order, paternal love and the general happiness of whites and blacks, should all be sacrificed upon the alter of compulsory abolitionism."
The manuscript is written in ink by the same hand and includes editorial notations in pencil. Only pages 185-212, 249-296, 347-378 and 427-610 are present; pages 185 to 230 are affixed to one another and torn.
- Abolitionists -- United States
- Ocean travel
- S.S. Emily B. Souder (Ship).
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865
Access and Use
Gift of the People’s Pittsburgh Trust Company to the Darlington Memorial Library in 1937.
Digital reproductions are available online.
This collection was located in the Darlington Memorial Library in the University’s Cathedral of Learning until 2007 when it was moved to the ULS Archives Service Center for processing, storage, preservation and service. However, it remains in the custodianship of the ULS Special Collections Department.
An Attempt to Describe the Future of the United States, 1863-1865, DAR.1937.06, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh
This collection was processed by Angela Manella in November 2007.
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