Unmasking the Paxton Boys: The Material Culture of the Pamphlet War

Unmasking the Paxton Boys: The Material Culture of the Pamphlet War <p>This essay reexamines the literature and prints of the Paxton Boys’ 1764 pamphlet war using material culture as its lens. Specifically, by detailing how writers and illustrators narrated or depicted the physical appearance of those involved in this crisis—including how they dressed, the props they carried, and the things they pursued—this essay analyzes how objects became a visual shorthand with which to embody the ethnic or racial identities of various Pennsylvanians, to critique political opponents, and to persuade audiences. The ‘‘pamphlet war’’ was thus not just a war of words, images, or politics, but also one of material representations.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal University of Pennsylvania Press

Unmasking the Paxton Boys: The Material Culture of the Pamphlet War

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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Copyright © 2008 The McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
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1559-0895

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<p>This essay reexamines the literature and prints of the Paxton Boys’ 1764 pamphlet war using material culture as its lens. Specifically, by detailing how writers and illustrators narrated or depicted the physical appearance of those involved in this crisis—including how they dressed, the props they carried, and the things they pursued—this essay analyzes how objects became a visual shorthand with which to embody the ethnic or racial identities of various Pennsylvanians, to critique political opponents, and to persuade audiences. The ‘‘pamphlet war’’ was thus not just a war of words, images, or politics, but also one of material representations.</p>

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Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary JournalUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Jun 14, 2016

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