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Georgia Theatrics, Georgia Yankees

John Mayfield

in Counterfeit Gentlemen

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033372
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033372.003.0002
Georgia Theatrics, Georgia Yankees

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At about the same time Kennedy was finishing Swallow Barn, a lawyer from Augusta, Georgia, decided to write down accounts of some of the stranger characters he had met riding the circuit as a judge. The stories first appeared in local newspapers, then in 1835 as a book, Georgia Scenes. The author, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, wrote them off as a “literary bagatelle,” a mild attempt at social history. The main character Hall is Longstreet and Longstreet's kind, and he represents the ethic of an emerging middle class — so common nowadays as to be invisible, but unformed and untested at the time Longstreet began writing.

Keywords: Georgia Scenes; Augustus Baldwin Longstreet; middle class

Chapter.  9905 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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