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Children and Youth in a New Nation$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757420

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.001.0001

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“Though the Means Were Scanty”

“Though the Means Were Scanty”

Excerpts from Joseph T. Buckingham’s Personal Memoirs and Recollections of Editorial Life (1852)

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Children and Youth in a New Nation

Vincent DiGirolamo

NYU Press

This chapter presents excerpts of Joseph T. Buckingham's 1,200-page autobiography, which illuminates the distinctive themes and prevailing tensions of its era. Born during the War of Independence, Buckingham belonged to that first generation of Americans who grew up with the Republic and strove to live up to its egalitarian ideals in an age still rocked by political turmoil, economic strife, and intellectual ferment. His account of those early years—both his own and the nation's—sheds light on some of the most common experiences of youth in early America, namely their encounters with death, poverty, charity, education, apprenticeship, and religion.

Keywords:   Joseph T. Buckingham, autobiography, War of Independence, youth in early America, early Republic

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