Peter Porcupine in America: Pamphlets on Republicanism and Revolution

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Peter Porcupine was the pseudonym for the Englishman William Cobbett, the most widely read pamphleteer and journalist in the early American republic. In this book David A. Wilson brings together seven of Cobbett's major American pamphlets with extracts from his newspaper writing and provides an introduction that locates him in the political and social context of his time.
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Overview

Peter Porcupine was the pseudonym for the Englishman William Cobbett, the most widely read pamphleteer and journalist in the early American republic. In this book David A. Wilson brings together seven of Cobbett's major American pamphlets with extracts from his newspaper writing and provides an introduction that locates him in the political and social context of his time.
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Peter Porcupine was the pen name of William Cobbett (1763-1835), the most widely read pamphleteer and journalist in the early American republic. He was a virulent and vicious critic of democratic and egalitarian ideas. Here are seven of his pamphlets and extracts from his newspaper writings, edited by David A. Wilson (Celtic studies, U of Toronto) who comments on the political and social context and Cobbett's ideology, style, and popular appeal, noting the similarity to today's religious right. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801428395
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: 4/18/2002
  • Pages: 288

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David A. Wilson is Coordinator of the Celtic Studies Program and Professor of History at the University of Toronto. His most recent work is a two-volume biography of the Irish Canadian politician Thomas D'Arcy McGee.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Some Explanatory Notes
Introduction 1
1 Observations on the Emigration of Dr. Joseph Priestley 50
2 A Bone to Gnaw, for the Democrats 87
3 A Kick for a Bite 119
4 The Bloody Buoy 137
5 The Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine 155
6 History of the American Jacobins 182
7 Pen Portraits 217
8 Detection of a Conspiracy 239
9 Farewell Address 258
Notes 261
Index 281
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