“An Alien or a Frenchman or an Irishman:” William Duane, the Federalists and Conflicting Definitions of National Identity in Early American Politics

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“An Alien or a Frenchman or an Irishman:” William Duane, the Federalists and Conflicting Definitions of National Identity in Early American Politics

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Title: “An Alien or a Frenchman or an Irishman:” William Duane, the Federalists and Conflicting Definitions of National Identity in Early American Politics
Author: Wiencek, Henry
Advisor: Saler, Bethel
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 17610 bytes363209 bytes476688 bytes
Issue Date: 2008
Honors: 2008 Department of History Prize Winning Thesis
Honors: Department of History Prize Winning Thesis
Abstract: In 1798, William Duane, an American who spent much of his youth abroad in Ireland and England, became editor of the firebrand Republican newspaper the Aurora General Advertiser. Throughout his career at the newspaper's helm, Duane sought to narrow the distinction between revolutions in Europe, notably in France and Ireland, and the American political ideology, framing them as common participants in the international struggle for republicanism. In contrast, his Federalist opponents castigated Duane as highly "foreign," linking him to stereotypes of ignorant, disorderly and violent "aliens" streaming from Europe into the United States. This starkly contrasting language permeated the Aurora and the Federalist press, revealing an ongoing discourse concerning America, international politics, especially in Europe, and the conflicting manner in which republicans and Federalists defined national character.
Subject: Nationalism -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Subject: United States -- Politics and government -- 18th century
Subject: Federal Party (U.S.)
Subject: Duane, William, 1760-1835
Subject: National characteristics, American -- History -- 18th century
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1464

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Wiencek, Henry. "“An Alien or a Frenchman or an Irishman:” William Duane, the Federalists and Conflicting Definitions of National Identity in Early American Politics". 2008. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1464.

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