Voyage to the Country of Liberty: Communal Life in the United States (Voyage au pays de la liberté: la vie communale aux Etats-Unis) by Louis Jacolliot (1876)
This is the first translation into English of French magistrate Louis Jacolliot’s 1876 travel narrative to California. In this work, Jacolliot presents this small California town as a utopian community where the villagers practice participatory democracy and benefit from educational, governmental and journalistic systems unlike their rigid and authoritarian counterparts in France. During a period of social and political upheaval in France, Jacolliot uses the travel narrative to convince his French readers of the merits of American politics and culture. This work should appeal to those interested in travel literature, California history, American studies, and French history. This book contains 4 black and white photographs.
“Louis Jacolliot’s Voyage to the Country of Liberty: Communal Life in the United States, in Paul Douglas’ excellent annotated edition of George McCool’s translation from the French, presents a fascinating addition to fictional travel narrative literature. This critique of French government posed as a travel adventure in a utopian California provides a useful contribution to our understanding, not just of Jacolliot’s ideas, but of the broader set of political and social ideas in circulation among Jacolliot’s French contemporaries and the means of circulation available to such thinkers at the end of the Second Empire and beginning of the Third Republic when Jacolliot was writing and publishing his accounts.” - Professor Abigail Mellen, History Department, Lehman College, City University of New York
ISBN10: 0-7734-5244-3 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-5244-2