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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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George Washington Harris

George Washington Harris

1814–1869

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(p.97) George Washington Harris
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Writing Appalachia
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Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.003.0014

Southwestern humor was one of the nineteenth century’s most popular types of writing, and George Washington Harris’s Sut Lovingood tales are masterpieces of the genre. Harris was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, and reared in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he spent his adult life. Harris worked as a railroad conductor, steamboat captain, sawmill manager, and jeweler and was also involved in politics. His earliest writings were polemical pieces for Knoxville newspapers. An ardent secessionist, he penned satirical sketches blasting Lincoln and the Unionists....

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