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In October of 1774, Congress passed a moral code which banned the theater, cock-fights, and horse races. In abiding by this code, Americans built for themselves a character as a virtuous people which set them apart from the corrupt British, prepared them to declare independence, and gave them the confidence to establish republican governments. This book uses the specific moral code of Congress as a springboard into the issues generated by the constitutional crisis that precipitated the American Revolution. Withington argues that the moral program, grounded in popular culture, worked as a political strategy to involve people emotionally in the cause and to broaden the reach of resistance to include all classes and both genders. Withington's integration of political history with the materials of popular culture, including cocker manuals, mortuary paraphernalia, prints, caricatures, anagrams, bawdy comedies and sentimental tragedies, and last speeches of condemned criminals
leads the reader into a deeper understanding of the formation and significance of the revolutionary ideology


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  • ISBN-13: 9780195101300
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 24 mm
  • Width: 140 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0195101308
  • Publisher Date: 12 Sep 1996
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 210 mm
  • No of Pages: 304
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 368 gr


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