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The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley, an Indentured Servant
     

The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley, an Indentured Servant

by Susan E. Klepp (Editor)
 
A rare memoir from the early eighteenth century by an Englishman who traveled to the New World as an indentured servant.

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A rare memoir from the early eighteenth century by an Englishman who traveled to the New World as an indentured servant.

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“Those of us who have too long savored the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin as being an account of a typical poor man's rise to wealth and power in the new United States will welcome this account of the more usual fate of a common ordinary person in Colonial and Federal America. . . . Filled with half-truths and whole lies, it nevertheless is a valuable—almost priceless—document about life in the early U.S. The editors have provided all kinds of explanatory information in notes and appendices, making this volume indispensable for all people interested in ordinary life in early America.”

—Ray B. Browne, Journal of American Culture

“The memoir effectually marks a key moment in the Anglo-American past. Editors Klepp and Smith have done scholars and students alike a very useful service by making this remarkably provocative tale readily available for those of us who wish to examine English and Anglo-American culture.”

—Carla Mulford, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

“Klepp and Smith have provided readers with a valuable glimpse of how those on the margins struggled, however in vain, in the best poor man’s country.”

—Sharon V. Salinger, Journal of American History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271008288
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1992
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Susan E. Klepp is Associate Professor of History at Rider College and author of The "Swift Progress of Population": A Documentary and Bibliographic Study of Philadelphia's Growth, 1642–1859 (1991).

Billy G. Smith is Professor of History at Montana State University and the author of The "Lower Sort": Philadelphia's Laboring People, 1750–1800 (1990).

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