The extraordinary diary of Vermont farmer Hiram Harwood-a fourteen-volume record of personal, family, and community events from 1808 to 1837-provides Robert E. Shalhope with the material for this rich microhistory. Harwood's struggle to reach full manhood and assume his position as head of the family, his misgivings about challenging-much less displacing-his father, the changes American life brought to this traditional rite of passage, Hiram's relationships with wife and children, seasonal events, and all the day-to-day experiences of this finally tragic figure make for a fascinating story and provide a highly unusual window into antebellum American life. Although he focuses mainly on the story of a single farmer, Shalhope also incorporates other stories from this wide-ranging chronicle. Readers glimpse the social, political, economic, and religious life of the entire New England region. Most of all, though, the story of Hiram Harwood reveals the personal price exacted of him by one family's unyielding belief in patriarchy.
Robert E. Shalhope is George Lynn Cross Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Sterling Price: Portrait of a Southerner, John Taylor of Caroline: Pastoral Republican, The Roots of Democracy: American Culture and Thought, 1760-1800, and Bennington and the Green Mountain Boys: The Emergency of Liberal Democracy in Vermont, 1760-1850, the last published by Johns Hopkins.
Contents:AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Chapter 1. A Man of Business Chapter 2. A Man of Pleasure Chapter 3. A Soldier's Life Chapter 4. A Compact of Such Vital Importance Chapter 5. Husband, Father, Neighbor Chapter 6. Entrepreneur Chapter 7. Birth of a Wing Chapter 8. H. Harwood Chapter 9. A Miserable Man Epilogue Appendix 1: Printed Material Referred to in the Harwood Diaries Appendix 2: A Hypothetical Analysis of Hiram Harwood's Medical Problems Notes Index
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