Benjamin Franklin Bache and the Philadelphia aurora /
James Tagg.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.
xiv, 431 p.
More Details
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1992-02:
Tagg (University of Lethbridge) has written an impressive book about a bit player in the partisan conflicts of the 1790s. A feisty Francophile and Jeffersonian-Republican editor in Philadelphia from 1790 until his death of yellow fever in 1798, Bache has long been considered an exemplar of ideology-driven journalism. True enough, but Tagg looks deeper. Like Jeffery A. Smith, in his Franklin & Bache (CH, Feb'91), Tagg examines the enlightenment premises that helped shape Bache's egalitarian vision. Like Smith, he shows how Bache was forced to shed abstract enlightenment notions (absorbed during his youth in France and Switzerland) as he and others defined a middle way between classical and entrepreneurial republicanism. The distinctive contribution of this work lies less in its sure handling of complex ideas than its detailed account of how issues drove Bache as much as he shaped them. Tagg pinponts Bache's successes and stumbles as editor of the popular Philadelphia Aurora, and provides new insight concerning the editor's Jeffersonian connections and his rage against President George Washington. Bache emerges in these pages neither as a hero nor as a rogue, but as a true believer who paid a high price for his commitment. College and university collections.-M. J. Birkner, Gettysburg College
This item was reviewed in:
Choice, February 1992
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem