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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse04 Oct 2017 3:21 p.m. PST

… Partisan Martyrs.

"Crippled by the 1798 Sedition Act, it appeared as if the Republican press faced extinction. Yet a mere two years later, Thomas Jefferson captured the presidency, ushering in
a thirty-year long period of Republican rule. In seeking to explain this reversal, Thomas Hopson '16 argues that Republican newspaper editors engaged in political combat, sacrificing themselves as political martyrs for their party's cause. Refusing to be restrained by the Sedition Act, these editors went as far as provoking their own prosecutions in order to both expose the Federalists' abuses of power and elicit the public's sympathy for the
Republican Party…"
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