The cabin book: or, sketches of life in Texas

Description:

This is an English translation of the German text, which is a historical novel about the creation of the Republic of Texas. It consists of a series of sketches that depict the new Republic of Texas as a land of opportunity for immigrants.

Creator(s):
Location(s): United States - Texas
Creation Date: 1844  
Partner(s):
University of Texas at San Antonio
Collection(s):
Texas Cultures Online
Usage:
Total Uses: 472
Past 30 days: 4
Yesterday: 0
Creator (Author):
Sealsfield, Charles, 1793-1864

Postl, Carl Anton

Creator (Translator):
Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: J. Winchester & Co.
Publisher Info: J. Winchester, New World Press, 30 Ann-Street.
Place of Publication: New York, New York
Date(s):
  • Creation: 1844
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas
Era
Spanish Texas, 1690-1821
Mexican Texas, 1821-1835
The Texas Revolution, 1835-1836
The Republic of Texas, 1836-1846
From 1816~ to 1840~
Description:

This is an English translation of the German text, which is a historical novel about the creation of the Republic of Texas. It consists of a series of sketches that depict the new Republic of Texas as a land of opportunity for immigrants.

Note:

The author is incorrectly identified as "Seatsfield".

This is only the first part of a three-part novel.

Historical note about this book:

"The Cabin Book, which helped to motivate the Adelsverein and encouraged German migration to Texas, depicts a land both promising and dangerous, inhabited by legendary men, where 'you sow nails at night, and find horseshoes in the morning.' The work was immensely popular and remained one of the most widely read books in Texas throughout the nineteenth century. Highly derivative of the anonymous A Visit to Texas (1834), Sealsfield's heroic novel was the first important discussion of Texas in the German language; coupled with William Kennedy's Goethean Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas, which appeared the same year, it presents Texas as a rich field of opportunities. Although often considered overwhelmingly exuberant and optimistic, with a heavy admixture of manifest destiny, the book also warns that change and progress can be costly, even deadly, in personal terms. Some learned immigrants during Sealsfield's day took both the encouragement and the admonitions to heart. Approximately 100 printings of the novel, either as complete or revised editions or as excerpts in at least five languages, attest to its lasting appeal."
Glen E. Lich, "POSTL, CARL ANTON," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpods), accessed August 15, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Physical Description:

46 p. ; 24 cm.

Language(s):
Subject(s):
Keyword(s): Mexicans | Texas Revolution | historical fiction | historical novels
Added Title: Part one
Partner:
University of Texas at San Antonio
Collection:
Texas Cultures Online
Relation (Is Version Of): Das Caj├╝tenbuch: oder nationale Charakteristiken., ark:/67531/metapth202839
Identifier:
  • OCLC: 06300769 |
  • CALL-NO: PT2516 .S4C3513
  • LCCN: 08-6425
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth202838
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth202838
Resource Type: Book
Format: Text