Digital Paxton: Archive, Critical Edition, and Teaching Platform


Digital Paxton currently hosts five keyword essays that model innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to Paxton materials. In much the manner of Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler’s Keywords for American Cultural Studies, each essay is intended to theorize or historicize a keyword to Paxton print war:

James P. Myers, Jr. uses Thomas Barton's "Conduct of the Paxton Men" as a case study through which to examine the role of anonymity in pamphleteering.

Benjamin Bankhurst traces the origins of anti-Presbyterianism to post-Restoration Britain and Ireland.

Nicole Eustace examines condolence ceremonies in both treaty-making and print debates.

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 explores how material culture shapes pamphlets and political cartoons, and she discusses what symbols such as looking-glasses and blindfolds would have represented for colonial readers.

We welcome further submissions at all times.

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