Elizabeth A. De Wolfe - "Desperate for Some Kindness": A History of Asking for Help in Hard Times

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This seminar explores how individuals in hard times asked for help in public venues. Particular attention is paid to how tales of desperation found a home in print culture and the inevitable scams and schemes that followed. From sensational 19th century stories of those captured by pirates, wounded in the war, or kidnapped by the Shakers to 21st century stories of homelessness printed on cardboard signs, this seminar explores the intersection of desperation, print media, and the limits of public credulity.

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