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Documentary Editing, Volume 24, Number 2, June 2002.

ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)


2002 © the Association for Documentary Editing. Used by permission.


A prolific Irish Catholic family, only two generations old in America, is ruled by a stern patriarch who dedicates his sizable fortune (earned through a traffic of questionable ethics) to furthering his dynastic ambitions for a son who subsequently becomes a United States Senator from a state that begins with the letter "M" .... If you thought you knew where this was going, think again. The father/son team in question is Charles Carroll of Annapolis and Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who-to adopt only one of the several useful editorial devices utilized in Dear Papa, Dear Charleywill be referred to hereafter as CCA and CCC, respectively.