The Diaries of John Knox Elliott: A Sociological Analysis of a Naive Document

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1939
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University of Alabama Libraries
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This study concerns itself with a set of diaries kept wholly in accord with the traditional concept of such documents, and seeks to set forth as in a mirror, the reflected life of a community in Sumter County, Alabama, through the years 1839 to 1865. The diary data is complete for the period with the exception of the years 1857-1859. It is an attempt to set forth the typical group patterns of an early American Community as revealed through an analytical study of a naive document-- the diaries or John Knox Elliott. The emphasis in the study will not be upon the writer of the diaries as a man, but rather upon his relationships in social groups as revealed through his own account of his individual behavior. In order to arrive at typical patterns of group relationships, efforts will be made to examine aspects of group classification, community solidarity, and personality organization.

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Elliott, John Knox, 1813-1892--Diaries., Plantation owners--Alabama--Social life and customs, Plantation life--Alabama--Sociological aspects, Sumter County (Ala.)--Social conditions
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