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
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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