A New England Prison Diary: Slander, Religion, and Markets in Early America

Martin J. Hershock

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A New England Prison Diary: Slander, Religion, and Markets in Early America

A New England Prison Diary Slander Religion and Markets in Early America In 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 wit

  • Title: A New England Prison Diary: Slander, Religion, and Markets in Early America
  • Author: Martin J. Hershock
  • ISBN: 9780472071814
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 redIn 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.

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    1. William Kerrigan on said:

      Great micro history built around the diary of Timothy Joy, a down-on-his-luck New Hampshire debtor imprisoned for slander after telling false stories about a powerful politician at a time of extreme partisanship. New England Prison Diary presents a moving story, empathetically rendered. Hershock uses Joy's diary to open a window on the world he lives in, carefully teasing out the religious, political, economic, and social history of the era. In a final chapter Hershock discusses the challenges h [...]

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