Digital Paxton: A Digital Archive and Critical Edition of the Paxton Pamphlet War


In the coming months, Digital Paxton will gain two additional kinds of paths: the first will highlight intertextuality, with regards to edition changes and exchanges between Paxton critics and apologists; the second, will present Keywords through which to contextualize those debates.

While we welcome keywords related to "Materiality," "Hospitality," "Settlement," "Masculinity," and "Race," we will allow Paxton historians and literary scholars to determine the collection of Keyword paths.

In our first keyword essay, James P. Myers, Jr. considers the role of anonymity in pamphleteering using Thomas Barton's "The Conduct of the Paxton Men, Impartially Represented" as a kind of case study.

Next, Nicole Eustace examines the condolence ceremonies against which the Paxtons and their allies inveighed, revealing the culturally incommensurate understandings of mourning that Euro-American and Native Americans brought to rituals of grief.

Our third keyword, authored by Scott Paul Gordon, posits that Paxton Boys' excursions to Lancaster served as a public rebuke of local elites, intended to shame authorities into fulfilling their roles as benevolent patriarchs.

Judith Ridner provides our fourth essay, which explores how material culture surfaces in the pamphlets of Paxton critics and apologists and what symbols like looking-glasses and blindfolds represented for colonial readers.

Below "Contents" you may access both essays.

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  1. A Dialogue Between Andrew Trueman and Thomas Zealot - Title Page