History of My Own Times: Or, the Life and Adventures of William Otter, Sr. by William Otter | 9780801499616 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
History of My Own Times: Or, the Life and Adventures of William Otter, Sr.

History of My Own Times: Or, the Life and Adventures of William Otter, Sr.

by William Otter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801499615

ISBN-13: 9780801499616

Pub. Date: 03/28/1995

Publisher: Cornell University Press

William Otter's autobiography, first published in 1835, provides a rare and fascinating counterpoint to romantic notions of virtuous, respectable craftsmen in the early republic. His Life and Adventures offers an inside account of the brawling racism common in the early nineteenth century and sharply details the rowdy male subculture of the times.

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Overview

William Otter's autobiography, first published in 1835, provides a rare and fascinating counterpoint to romantic notions of virtuous, respectable craftsmen in the early republic. His Life and Adventures offers an inside account of the brawling racism common in the early nineteenth century and sharply details the rowdy male subculture of the times.

Born in England and conscripted into the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars, Big Bill Otter jumped ship and came to New York City in 1801. He apprenticed as a plasterer and joined an urban gang; later he was a master plasterer, tavernkeeper, slavecatcher, "Jackson man," bigot, town bully, notorious practical joker, borderline psychopath, mayoral candidate, and all-round "jolly fellow." History of My Own Times is one of the few first-person accounts of a rural artisan in pre-genteel America. The book depicts the ambiguities of race relations in the early nineteenth century, sheds light on its definition of manhood, and conveys a sense of humor very different from today's.

Richard B. Stott's introduction and commentary place Otter in the context of his times and explore the significance of his autobiography in understanding the social and cultural history of the early American republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801499616
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Series:
Documents in American Social History Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

History of My Own Times
Preface
England
New York
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
Hanover
Cincinnati, the Eastern Shore, and Baltimore
Emmitsburg

Postscript
Commentary: William Otter and the Society of Jolly Fellows in the Early Republic

Appendix: Articles of an Agreement between Rev. John DuBois & William Otter, 11 October 1823
Index

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