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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.vi) (p.1) Introduction
Source:
The Accidental Diarist
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226033495.003.0001

This introduction aims to explore the importance of diary writing for the nineteenth century Americans. Diaries can be traced back to colonial times, and the first people who used it were British settlers, who carried it in a small pamphlet form. This chapter then follows the influence that diaries made throughout American history, before considering its future, as it is now endangered by the new digital platforms of social media.

Keywords:   diaries, diary writing, digital platforms, social media, British settlers

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