Daniel W. Cobb, a farmer and small slaveholder from Virginia's rural tidewater, was unhappily married, resentful of his prosperous in-laws, and terribly lonely. His closest friend was the diary he kept for more than thirty momentous years in American history, from 1842 until his death at age sixty-one in 1872. The devout, plainspoken Cobb wrote in a conversational style, candidly recording his innermost thoughts. His diary's intimate account of a troubled marriage provides a painfully frank chronicle of incompatibility. The diary also illuminates the momentous impact of the Civil War and emancipation. Offering many insights into the oral culture from which he sprang, Cobb's Ordeal reveals the great differences that separate his world from our own.Daniel Cobba#39;s diary, started when he was thirty years old, offers some hints about his early life. ... He did manage to attend school for parts of five or six years, enough to qualify him for aquot;school keeping.aquot; During ... In his own subsequent view, he spent these years foolishly, leaving himself few assets with which to start married life. ... Yell, a Methodist evangelist, converted Cobb in 1 835 and shortly afterward baptized him in the icy waters of Brush Creek in Robertson County, Tennessee.
|Author||:||Daniel W. Cobb|
|Publisher||:||University of Georgia Press - 1997|