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

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

by Charles Bolton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820320218

ISBN-13: 9780820320212

Pub. Date: 11/01/1998

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

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:
9780820320212
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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