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Confessions of Edward Isham

Confessions of Edward Isham

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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.

Author: Edward Isham
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Published: 11/01/1998
Pages: 216
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.40w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780820320731

About the Author
Charles Bolton (Editor)
CHARLES C. BOLTON is an associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Scott P. Culclasure (Editor)
SCOTT P. CULCLASURE is an international baccalaureate coordinator for the Guildford County, North Carolina, schools.

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