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Peter Porcupine in America: Pamphlets on Republicanism and Revolution (Documents in American Social History) Hardcover – 12 Apr 1994

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1st Edition edition (12 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801428394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801428395
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,682,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A Conservative's Conserative! 27 Sept. 2005
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David Wilson has done an impeccable job of making the person who was the most widely read and feared journalist of the Revolutionary era both interesting and accesible. By taking his most readable pieces and providing excellent background on each, Wilson has made William Cobbett, aka Peter Porcupine, readable and quotable once again. While the book is scholarly and written by a scholar, it is also malevolent, witty and amazingly timely. Cobbett lives once again!
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