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The Quite Contrary Man: A True American Tale

The Quite Contrary Man: A True American Tale - Patricia Rusch Hyatt Based on a true story, The Quite Contrary Man: A True American Tale tells of Joseph Palmer, a man who bucked the clean-shaven trend of his day. How fascinating to realize a change in cultural trends could exact such a price (a year's imprisonment) from one man and his family. A historical note details how the clean-shaven trend started, what it meant, and then evolved with time to allow beards of all types. The illustrations are engaging, and perfectly render the essence of the time, with artistic flair.