Mobtown Massacre: Alexander Hanson and the Baltimore Newspaper War of 1812

Mobtown Massacre: Alexander Hanson and the Baltimore Newspaper War of 1812


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With a bitterly divided nation plunged into the War of 1812, a fiery young Federalist editor named Alexander Hanson risked his life to defend a newspaper that dared express unpopular views.

His words provoked a violent standoff that crippled the city of Baltimore and left Hanson beaten within an inch of his life. This little-known episode in American history - complete with a midnight jailbreak, bloodthirsty mobs and unspeakable acts of torture - helped shape the course of war, the Federalist Party and the nation's very notion of the freedom of the press. Josh Cutler's history of the Mobtown Massacre offers a lesson in liberty that reverberates today.

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ISBN-13: 9781467142274
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 02/18/2019
Series: True Crime
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,213,235
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Josh S. Cutler is an attorney and state legislator representing the Sixth Plymouth District of Massachusetts, which includes the town of Hanson. Cutler is a graduate of Skidmore College (BA), Suffolk Law (JD) and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (MPP in environmental policy). He is also the author of "When the Press Really Was Under Attack: Alexander Hanson and the 1812 'Mobtown' Massacre," published by the New England Journal of History (Spring 2018).

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse 9

Acknowledgements 13

Prologue 17

1 The Editorial 23

2 The First Attack 33

3 City Under Siege 43

4 Plotting and Preparation 52

5 The Federalists Strike Back 60

6 Return of the Mob 68

7 Cavalry to the Rescue? 81

8 Running the Gauntlet 92

9 Behind Bars with the Butchers 102

10 Final Pleas 110

11 Break-ins and Break-outs 118

12 The Massacre 123

13 Triage and Escape 132

14 Makings of Mobtown 140

15 Invesdgations and Recriminations 151

16 Farewells 163

17 Decision Day 172

18 Hanson on Trial 179

Epilogue 187

Appendix 199

A Note on Sources 201

Notes 205

Selected Bibliography 213

Index 219

About the Author 224

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