America's First Adventure in China

Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation

John R. Haddad
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294 pages
6 x 9
10 halftones

A lively account of the brash men who chased their American Dreams all the way to China, impressed the Chinese, and bested the East India Trading Company

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments A Note on the Spelling of Chinese Words Introduction 1 First Contact: The Voyage of the Empress of China 2 System Men: The Rise of Perkins and Company 3 All for a Cup of Tea: Finding Goods for the Canton Market 4 Beachhead of God: The First Wave of Missionaries 5 Rising on Smoke: Opium and Identity in Canton 6 Formal Ties: The Caleb Cushing Mission 7 Centrifugal Force: The Spread of People, Goods, Capital, and Ideas 8 Heavenly War: Americans and the Taiping Rebellion 9 Cooperation: Burlingame and the Reinvention of Sino-Western Relations Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author(s)

John R. Haddad is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Popular Culture at Penn State Harrisburg. He was awarded the Gutenberg-e Prize in 2002 for his dissertation, which was published as The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S. Culture, 1776-1876. In 2010, he was awarded the Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and research at the University of Hong Kong.