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Collection Reference Number GLC06417.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1815 
Title Clipping from the Yankee newspaper criticizing the Massachusetts legislature
Date ca. 1815
Author Hooper & Rowe (fl. 1814-1817)  
Document Type Newspapers and Magazines
Content Description 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.
Subjects Journalism  Sedition  Law  Judiciary  Secession  Government and Civics  War of 1812  Hartford Convention  
People Hooper & Rowe (fl. 1814-1817)  Rowe, Thomas (fl. 1815)  Hooper, Joshua (fl. 1815)  Strong, Caleb (1745-1819)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Law; Government & Politics; War of 1812
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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