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The Accidental DiaristA History of the Daily Planner in America$
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Molly A. McCarthy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226033211

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226033495.001.0001

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(p.vi) (p.1) Introduction
The Accidental Diarist
University of Chicago Press

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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