Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

Gender history is at a crossroads. Either it will pursue men's history with all the rigor it has displayed in pursuing women's history or it will expire. Such an expiration is inevitable and not altogether a bad thing. Soon enough if not already gender will no longer be something a smaller group of scholars is focused on; it will be something the...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-21

In the summer of 1860 Harry St. John Dixon was seventeen. His gamboling Mississippi boyhood was drawing to a close, and he knew it. In the fall he would leave for the University of Virginia and from there to manhood and all its burdens. The prospect was sobering, Harry admitted. Gone were the days when he and his friends had turned somersaults...

Editorial Note

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pp. 23-26

THE DIARIES

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Harry St. John Dixon

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pp. 29-210

Clear and cold—ground frozen all day. Attended church in the forenoon—read and wrote in the afternoon. Just before sundown I went down to Judge Rucks's1 for a music book of Miss Ella Brown's,2 and after she came into the parlor to get it for me, I found it extremely difficult to tear myself away from such a fair and interesting lady. She is...

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Henry Hughes

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pp. 211-308

This record is dedicated to my soul and to Fame, wherever I may be during the present year, a portion of my time shall be unfailingly devoted on the sacred night of every week, to the purposes of recording my meditations, emotions, aims, and circumstances. Scanning these pages, the future biographer will read my thoughts, & learn my history...

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John Albert Feaster Coleman

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pp. 309-423

A show at Monticello where was shown animals of various classes—some of them were the Lion & Lioness & Tiger and Leopards, Monkeys, & Bears in abundance. Then came the Raindeer, Wolf, Ocelot and a great many more that I will not mention. The Lion was drove in harness but it was a very short drive. A man and his wife entered...

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Henry Craft

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pp. 425-503

On this 8th day of April 1848 at Princeton, New Jersey I begin these memoranda which I intend to continue from time to time, if not from day to day. I have for a long time felt the need of a kind of journal and have always intended to open one, but have only now actually undertaken it. I intend it for a brief record of passing events which...

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Epilogue

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pp. 505-507

Despite similarities of rank and region, the diarists collected in this volume were very different men. Harry Dixon was vivacious and hot tempered, caught between boyhood's abandon and manhood's bristle. In a single afternoon he could go from throwing dirt clods at his friends to seething with rage because someone hadn't taken him for a gentleman...

Notes

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pp. 509-538

Index

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pp. 539-554