The Confessions of Edward Isham: A Poor White Life of the Old South / Edition 820

The Confessions of Edward Isham: A Poor White Life of the Old South / Edition 820

by Edward Isham
     
 

This compelling collection of original documents and current scholarship sheds considerable light on the underside of the poor white experience in the antebellum South. In 1859, the Georgian Edward Isham, convicted in North Carolina of murdering a Piedmont farmer, dictated his life story to his court-appointed defense attorney. The autobiography left behind

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This compelling collection of original documents and current scholarship sheds considerable light on the underside of the poor white experience in the antebellum South. In 1859, the Georgian Edward Isham, convicted in North Carolina of murdering a Piedmont farmer, dictated his life story to his court-appointed defense attorney. The autobiography left behind provides a rare look at the world of poor whites from the viewpoint of a member of this most elusive of the Old South's social groups. A selection of essays accompanying the autobiography examines the meaning of the document from a variety of perspectives: crime, frontier life, gender relations, labor, and the genre of nineteenth-century confessional literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820320731
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Autobiography of Edward Isham, Alias "Hardaway Bone"1
2Edward Isham and Poor White Labor in the Old South19
3A Stereoscopic View of the Frontier: George Swain, Edward Isham, and the Resettlement of the Cherokee Country32
4"I Have Killed a Damned Dog": Murder by a Poor White in the Antebellum South45
5Edward Isham and Criminal Justice for the Poor White in Antebellum North Carolina71
6Mothers, Lovers, and Wives: Images of Poor White Women in Edward Isham's Autobiography85
7The Worlds of Nineteenth-Century Condemned Men101
App. A: Maps117
App. BSuperior Court Judge Robert R. Heath's Statement of the Case State v. Hardaway Bone121
App. CNewspaper Accounts Relating to Edward Isham128
Notes133
Contributors185
Index187

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