I moved from England to Cincinnati in 1828 with the intention of establishing my son as an entrepreneur in the booming marketplace of one of America’s fastest growing cities. My family and I spent two long years in Cincinnati struggling fruitlessly to make a success of the Bazaar, a magnificent department store we built on the banks of the Ohio River. Eventually we returned to England, and in 1832, I published Domestic Manners of the Americans, which was described by one critic as “a spirited, highly critical account of [my] adventures and travels in the new republic.” Although my candid observations about American life and society were contemptuously dismissed by American reviewers, Domestic Manners of the Americans was enormously popular in England and it launched my career as a writer and social critic.
Frances Trollope [1779–1863]
Portrait of Frances Trollope
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