American Travelers to the Holy Land in the 19th Century
The mid-19th century was a time of great political change and inevitably, modernization. Travel was facilitated by technological advances, particularly the coal-fired steamship and the electric telegraph, the availability of hotel accommodation, as well as the emergence of organized travel agencies. Unique for Americans, in the wake of the Civil War (1861-65), was the possibility of spiritual renewal through travel to the Holy Land, then part of the Ottoman Empire.
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