9781572332836-1572332832-A Bachelor'S Life In Antebellum Mississi: The Diary Of Dr. Elijah Millington Walker

A Bachelor'S Life In Antebellum Mississi: The Diary Of Dr. Elijah Millington Walker

ISBN-13: 9781572332836
ISBN-10: 1572332832
Edition: 1
Author: Wrenn, Lynette Boney
Publication date: 2004
Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press
Format: Hardcover 328 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781572332836
ISBN-10: 1572332832
Edition: 1
Author: Wrenn, Lynette Boney
Publication date: 2004
Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press
Format: Hardcover 328 pages

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Acknowledged authors Wrenn, Lynette Boney wrote A Bachelor'S Life In Antebellum Mississi: The Diary Of Dr. Elijah Millington Walker comprising 328 pages back in 2004. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1572332832 and 9781572332836. Since then A Bachelor'S Life In Antebellum Mississi: The Diary Of Dr. Elijah Millington Walker textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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“This is a splendid diary of a man and physician during the late antebellum years, sure to interest not only historians of medicine but also historians of gender, the South, and antebellum politics. . . . An exceptionally useful historical document as well as a good read.” —Steven M. Stowe, Indiana UniversityElijah Millington Walker began to keep a diary midway through his medical apprenticeship in Oxford, Mississippi. He composed a lengthy preface to the diary, in which he remembered his life from the time of his family’s arrival in north Mississippi in 1834, when he was ten years old, until late 1848, when the University of Mississippi opened and Walker’s diary begins.On one level, the diary records the life of a bachelor, chronicling the difficulties of an ambitious young physician who would like to marry but is hampered by poverty and his professional aspirations. Walker details the qualities he desires in a wife and criticizes women who do not measure up; a loyal wife, in Walker’s highly romanticized image, remains a true helpmeet even to the most debased drunkard. On another level, Walker describes various medical cases, giving readers an idea of the kinds of diseases prevalent in the lower South at mid-century, as well as their treatment by orthodox physicians. In this vivid chronicle of everyday life in antebellum Mississippi, Walker also finds space to comment on a wide range of topics that affected the state and the region, including pioneer life in north Mississippi, evangelical Protestantism, the new state university at Oxford, the threat of secession in 1849–50, Henry Clay’s Compromise of 1850, foreign affairs, and local railroad development. A strong defender of the Union at mid-century, Walker nonetheless defended slavery and distinctively Southern institutions.A Bachelor’s Life in Antebellum Mississippi brings to the public one of the few diaries of a very intelligent yet “ordinary” man, a non-elite member of a society dominated by a planter aristocracy. The author’s frankness and flair for writing reflect a way of life not often seen; this volume will thus prove a valuable addition to the body of primary documents from the early republic.Lynette Boney Wrenn has taught history at Memphis State University and Southwestern College. She is the author of Crisis and Commission Government in Memphis: Elite Rule in a Gilded Age City and Cinderella of the New South: A History of the Cottonseed Industry, 1855–1955. Wrenn lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. 
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