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Author Hershock, Martin J., 1962-
Title A New England prison diary : slander, religion, and markets in early America / Martin J. Hershock.
Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2012.

Author Hershock, Martin J., 1962-
Subject Joy, Timothy Meader, 1789-1813.
Joy, Timothy Meader, 1789-1813 -- Diaries.
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829 -- Adversaries.
Prisoners -- Massachusetts -- Biography.
Prisoners -- Massachusetts -- Diaries.
Libel and slander -- Massachusetts -- History -- 19th century.
Massachusetts -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (x, 238 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "A stranger of good address and personal appearance" -- "The distracted state of my affairs" -- "If I spend my days in prison I still will be a Democrat" -- "Having God for my friend what more do I want?" -- "Adieu ye damp solitary walls" -- Diaries, dead ends, and discoveries.
Summary In 1812, New Hampshire shopkeeper Timothy M. Joy abandoned his young family, fleeing the creditors who threatened to imprison him. Within days, he found himself in a Massachusetts jailhouse, charged with defamation of a prominent politician. During the months of his incarceration, Joy kept a remarkable journal that recounts his personal, anguished path toward spiritual redemption. Martin J. Hershock situates Joy's account in the context of the pugnacious politics of the early republic, giving context to a common citizen's perspective on partisanship and the fate of an unfortunate shopkeeper swept along in the transition to market capitalism. In addition to this close-up view of an ordinary person's experience of a transformative period, Hershock reflects on his own work as a historian. In the final chapter, he discusses the value of diaries as historical sources, the choices he made in telling Joy's story, alternative interpretations of the diary, and other contexts in which he might have placed Joy's experiences. The appendix reproduces Joy's original journal so that readers can develop their own skills using a primary source.
Note English.
ISBN 9780472028528 (electronic bk.)
0472028529 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN ebc3415071
OCLC # 802049345
Additional Format Print version: Hershock, Martin J., 1962- New England prison diary. Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, 2012 9780472071814 (DLC) 2012011071 (OCoLC)784447091

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