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Hooper & Rowe (fl. 1814-1817) [Clipping from the Yankee newspaper criticizing the Massachusetts legislature]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06417.02 Author/Creator: Hooper & Rowe (fl. 1814-1817) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Newspaper Date: circa 1815 Pagination: 1 p. ; 15 x 7.5 cm.

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Summary of Content: Article clipped from the Yankee newspaper criticizes the Massachusetts legislature for backing down on the issue of Massachusetts seceding from the United States and calls them a "lifeless body." Puts the blame on Governor Caleb Strong of Massachusetts. The two publishers of the Yankee newspaper, Joshua Hooper and Thomas Rowe, were accused of sedition against the United States government for printing this article. Date inferred from content. See GLC06417.01 for the jury decision in the case.

Background Information: The New England states were opposed to the War of 1812 because of their close mercantile ties to Great Britain. Despite an embargo enacted in 1813, New Englanders continued to trade with ...the British. The New England Federalists felt they were losing power in the national government to the Republican party. In 1814, the Hartford Convention was called to deal with this issue. A number of Federalists wanted to threaten secession but the proposal was defeated by the delegates. The convention and the discussion of secession was criticized by many, which weakened the Federalist party. Strong was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1812. He opposed the War of 1812 and approved the report of the Hartford Convention. The Yankee was published by Rowe & Hooper 7 January 1814-24 January 24, 1817.See More

People: Hooper & Rowe, fl. 1814-1817
Rowe, Thomas, fl. 1815
Hooper, Joshua, fl. 1815
Strong, Caleb, 1745-1819

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: JournalismSeditionLawJudiciarySecessionGovernment and CivicsWar of 1812Hartford Convention

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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