"Cobb's Ordeal is a welcome addition to the growing shelf of first-hand narratives of rural life in the nineteenth-century South. . . . Superbly edited by Crofts, the resulting record is an intimate portrait of male experience by a member of the South's much-heralded, but still understudied, 'plain folk.'"
—Journal of the Early Republic
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.
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