By Martin J. Hershock

ISBN-10: 0472051814

ISBN-13: 9780472051816

ISBN-10: 0472071815

ISBN-13: 9780472071814

In 1812, New Hampshire shopkeeper Timothy M. pleasure deserted his younger relatives, fleeing the collectors who threatened to imprison him. inside days, he discovered himself in a Massachusetts jailhouse, charged with defamation of a well known flesh presser. throughout the months of his incarceration, pleasure saved a extraordinary magazine that recounts his own, anguished course towards non secular redemption. Martin J. Hershock situates Joy's account within the context of the pugnacious politics of the early republic, giving context to a typical citizen's standpoint on partisanship and the destiny of an unlucky shopkeeper swept alongside within the transition to industry capitalism.

In addition to this close-up view of a standard person's event of a transformative interval, Hershock displays on his personal paintings as a historian. within the ultimate bankruptcy, he discusses the worth of diaries as historic resources, the alternatives he made in telling Joy's tale, substitute interpretations of the diary, and different contexts during which he may have put Joy's reviews. The appendix reproduces Joy's unique magazine in order that readers can strengthen their very own talents utilizing a prime source.

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