Groundless : rumors, legends, and hoaxes on the early American frontier /

Today we have grown so used to having boundless information at our fingertips that we can easily forget the practical limits on reliable news that both natives and European settlers faced in early America. Beyond what one could see or hear at the instant, one could only make surmises based on what o...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Dowd, Gregory Evans, 1956- (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2015]
Series:Early America.
Table of Contents:
  • Gold : the legend in black
  • Pox : the blanket truth
  • Slaves : colonial fear
  • Panic : rumors deployed, 1751
  • Father : rumors unmanaged, 1757
  • Bonds : sexual assault and slavery
  • Solidarity : fugitive rumor, modern legend
  • Scalps : charged revolutionary rumor
  • Hoax : Franklin's forgery
  • Slavery : south to freedom
  • Extirpation : disease and removal
  • Murder : mystery, rumor, and removal
  • Conclusion: "Tears of the Indians."