Cover

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Frontmatter

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Title Page

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

It is always a pleasure to thank those who have supported and encouraged me in my work, especially this book, which took a long and at times winding path. I would particularly like to thank Mary-Jo Klein and Ellen Wurtzel of the Jay Papers Collection at Columbia University, who have the unenviable task of wading through the family papers, for answering my...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-28

In the early years of the nineteenth century two fascinating American women, K. White and Elizabeth Fisher, published autobiographical accounts of their lives. Like scores of other women and men in postrevolutionary America, White and Fisher sought to become the “heroes of their own lives.”1 By refashioning the events of their lives and presenting their version of their trials and tribulations to an avid readership, the two...

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Narrative of the Life, Occurrences, Vicissitudes and Present Situation of K. White (1809)

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pp. 29-72

IN GIVING THE characters of the times, it ought not to be with a design to inflame the mind or corrupt the heart, but with a laudable desire and intention to contrast vice with virtue, that the former might be hated by being seen, and the latter caressed and admired, as leading to present and future happiness....

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MEMOIRS of MRS. ELIZABETH FISHER (1810)

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pp. 73-113

THE REV. HARRY MUNRO, my father, was a native of Scotland.1 After receiving his education, he was appointed Chaplain to the 77th regiment of foot,2 commanded by General Montgomery,3 and was sent to America at the conclusion of the war in the year ’59. My father became acquainted with the widow of an officer who belonged to the same regiment; this widow became wife to my father...

Bibliography

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pp. 115-121

Index

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pp. 123-130