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Author Rosenfeld, Richard N., author.

Title American Aurora : a Democratic-Republican returns : the suppressed history of our nation's beginnings and the heroic newspaper that tried to report it / Richard N. Rosenfeld ; foreword by Edmund S. Morgan.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, [1997]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  071.309033 R724a 1997    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition First edition
Description xi, 988 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Contents 1. Aurora: Reign of witches ; Young lightening-rod ; Black cockades ; American terror ; The pestilence -- Father of His Country: Fabius ; Lightening-snatcher ; The Duke of Braintree ; Victory ; The rights of man -- American Revolution: Surgo ut prosim ; Kingly government ; Keystone of democracy ; Upper chamber ; Rat-catcher ; Victory.
Note Text written by Richard N. Rosenfeld as if he were the Aurora publisher/editor William Duane, interwoven with excerpts from the Aurora general advertiser (published in Philadelphia) and from other sources.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 910-956) and index.
Summary Richard Rosenfeld's dramatic epic traces the incendiary history of the young American nation in the 1790s, and chronicles the birth and near-death of civil liberties in that turbulent decade. Rosenfeld, who has exhaustively examined the Philadelphia Aurora, has chosen as his heroes its two young editors, Benjamin Bache, Benjamin Franklin's grandson, and William Duane, who fearlessly waged a decade-long campaign to keep America's Founding Fathers true to their original mission. They claimed that George Washington was not the true "father of his country," but a completely incompetent commander-in-chief, and that John Adams, his presidential successor, wanted a monarchy and was plotting to be king. As a result of their inflammatory articles, both editors were arrested. Bache died awaiting trial, and the paper was briefly silenced. Nonetheless, the Aurora was eventually successful in persuading the nation to oust Adams and to usher in a Jeffersonian democracy, of which Benjamin Franklin, the true father of our country, could only dream.
Subject Aurora general advertiser.
Press and politics -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1809.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
United States -- Politics and government -- To 1775.
Added Author Duane, William, 1760-1835.
Added Title Suppressed history of our nation's beginnings and the heroic newspaper that tried to report it
Aurora general advertiser.
ISBN 0312150520

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