On Their Tiptoes: Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French Revolution, circa 1792-93
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Type of Work29 pages
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Citation of Original Publication“On Their Tiptoes: Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French Revolution, circa 1792-93,” Journal of the Early Republic 29 (Summer 2009), 191-218 (awarded the Ralph D. Gray Prize).
Battle of Valmy, France, 1792
Book, periodical and newspaper merchant wholesalers
Book stores and news dealers
French Revolution, 1789-1799
News dealers and newsstands
The article presents information on the role of newspapers at the time of the French revolution during 1792-1793. It is stated that a study of newspapers in 1792-1793 reveals the impact of the radicalized French Revolution on the political culture of the U.S. It is mentioned that newspapers developed a feeling of community among otherwise unconnected francophiles, and also provided them with a chronology of events. Many Democratic-Republican editors, including Thomas Adams, promoted the role of newspapers in the advancement of liberty. Events during the French Revolution included the French victory over the Prussians at the Battle of Valmy on September 20, 1792, and the establishment of the French Republic on September 22, 1792.