The unvarnished truth personal narratives in nineteenth-century America

Fabian, Ann

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  • Creator Ann Fabian
  • Format Books
  • Publication Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (271 p.)
  • ISBNs 1283303906, 9786613303905, 0585274134, 0520928032
  • OCLC ocm45729382


  • The practice of selling one's tale of woe to make a buck has long been a part of American culture. The Unvarnished Truth: Personal Narratives in Nineteenth-Century America is a powerful cultural history of how ordinary Americans crafted and sold their stories of hardship and calamity during the nineteenth century. Ann Fabian examines the tales of beggars, convicts, ex-slaves, prisoners of the Confederacy, and others to explore cultural authority, truth-telling, and the nature of print media as the country was shifting to a market economy. This well-crafted book describes the fascinating


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-246) and index.
  • English


  • Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface; Introduction; Chapter One: Beggars; Chapter Two: Convicts; Chapter Three: Slaves; Chapter Four: Prisoners of War; Epilogue: Lovers, Farm Wives, and Tramps; Notes; Index
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