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Benjamin Franklin Bache and the Philadelphia aurora /
James Tagg.
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.
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xiv, 431 p.
ISBN
0812282558
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.
isbn
0812282558
catalogue key
2025903
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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
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