A Unique bit of Providence Political History

> I stumbled across this apparently unique broadsheet (i.e., a broadside printed on both sides), which was published in Providence in 1825 to support Samuel Eddy’s (1769-1839) re-election to what would have been his fourth term as Rhode Island’s republican representative to Congress. Eddy lost to Tristam Burges (1770-1853), who served for five terms (10 years). The Brown University Library has a unique copy of a broadside published in support of Burges (see the bibliographical record at http://josiah.brown.edu/record=b1959755). Our broadside argues that Eddy, who voted for the Missouri Compromise, did so in order to ensure that the (much larger) Missouri Territory would be free of slavery (Eddy’s opponents argued that he voted for the measure to keep slavery in Missouri). Typical political spin campaigns, which have not changed in 200 years (in fact, I suspect a classicist would say they haven’t changed in 2,000 years!)

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