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A New England Prison Diary: Slander, Religion, and Markets by Martin J. Hershock

By Martin J. Hershock

In 1812, New Hampshire shopkeeper Timothy M. pleasure deserted his younger kin, fleeing the collectors who threatened to imprison him. inside days, he came across himself in a Massachusetts jailhouse, charged with defamation of a popular baby-kisser. in the course of the months of his incarceration, pleasure stored a striking magazine that recounts his own, anguished direction towards non secular redemption. Martin J. Hershock situates Joy's account within the context of the pugnacious politics of the early republic, giving context to a standard citizen's point of view on partisanship and the destiny of an unlucky shopkeeper swept alongside within the transition to industry capitalism.

In addition to this close-up view of a regular person's adventure of a transformative interval, Hershock displays on his personal paintings as a historian. within the ultimate bankruptcy, he discusses the worth of diaries as ancient resources, the alternatives he made in telling Joy's tale, replacement interpretations of the diary, and different contexts during which he may have positioned Joy's reviews. The appendix reproduces Joy's unique magazine in order that readers can advance their very own talents utilizing a first-rate source.

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