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By Amy Elizabeth Smith

"An illuminating insight...fascinating."—Amanda Grange, bestselling writer of Mr. Darcy's Diary

"A trip via either a actual panorama and the geography of the human middle and mind...delightfully enjoyable and infrequently deeply relocating, this booklet reminds us that Austen's world—and her characters—are a great deal alive."—Michael Thomas Ford, writer of Jane Bites Back


With a suitcase choked with Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith trigger on a yearlong Latin American experience: a touring booklet membership with Jane. In six specific, unforgettable international locations, she collected book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and academics, poets and politicians— to learn Emma, feel and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

Whether sharing hen beer with Guatemalans, becoming a member of the group at a Mexican boxing fit, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean youngsters, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy got here to profit what Austen knew all alongside: that we're no longer continuously talking an identical language— even if we're conversing an identical language.

But with precise Austen intuition, she may realize whilst, without notice, she'd stumbled on her personal Señor Darcy.

All Roads bring about Austen celebrates the simplest of what we adore approximately books and revels within the excitement of sharing an excellent book— with reliable associates.

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Then came the Great Depression and World War II. Immigration sank to a trickle: half a million immigrants in the 1930s. 4 This time they were very different people. Up to the 1960s the great majority of immigrants (not counting slaves, those involuntary immigrants) came from Europe; fewer than one in six of the Second Great Migration of the late twentieth century were Europeans. Just over half of them were born in Latin America (half of those in Mexico), and almost exactly a quarter in Asia. Where in 1970 only 5 percent of the population were Hispanic and a mere 1 percent Asian, a widely accepted estimate is that by the middle of the twenty-first century barely half of the population will be of European descent.

14. ”, Foreign Policy (March–April 2004), p. 32. 15. , p. 46. 16. S. Statistical Year Book, 1990 (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1990). 17. ”, p. 46. 18. John Locke, Two Treatises of Government, ed. Peter Laslett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), Treatise ii, para. 49; John Updike, Villages (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2005), p. 309. 19. De Tocqueville, Democracy, p. 451. 20. , p. 193. 21. , American Politics and Society Today (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002), p. 40. 22. De Tocqueville, Democracy, p.

Manufacturing industry exploded. First textiles and food-processing boomed, then coal to fuel the railroads, iron and steel to build them, machine-building of all kinds, and at the turn of the century the electrical and chemical industries, and a myriad specialist businesses, from retailing, advertising, insurance, banking, printing, and entertainment. At the very beginning of the century, the Spindletop gusher in Texas inaugurated decades of abundant supplies of petroleum and natural gas. 6 Until the twentieth century, American exports were overwhelmingly agricultural: over 70 percent in each of the three decades from 1870 to 1900.

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