The Cabin Book; or, Sketches of Life in Texas.

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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.

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155 p. ; 23 cm.

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Sealsfield, Charles, 1793-1864 1844.

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  • Main Title: The Cabin Book; or, Sketches of Life in Texas.
  • Added Title: The cabin book.
  • Parallel Title: Das Cajütenbuch: oder nationale Charakteristiken.

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.

Physical Description

155 p. ; 23 cm.

Notes

"by Seatsfield." Actual spelling is "Sealsfield."

Dedicated to Hon. Joel R. Poinsett, former United States Secretary of War, by the author.

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"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.

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  • 1844

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Sealsfield, Charles, 1793-1864. The Cabin Book; or, Sketches of Life in Texas., book, 1844; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14393/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .