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Property, Patriotism and Independence: The Figure of the Freeholder in Eighteenth-Century Partisan Print

Smith, Adam James (2017) Property, Patriotism and Independence: The Figure of the Freeholder in Eighteenth-Century Partisan Print. Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, 40 (3). pp. 345-362.

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Abstract

This article accounts for the changing usage of the term ‘freeholder’ across a series of political battles fought throughout the eighteenth century, tracking its implementation in a both cheap and privileged print from the end of Queen Anne’s reign to the dawn of the America Revolution. A detailed analysis of the term offers an insightful perspective on the epistemic reconfigurations of the associative links between property, patriotism, partisanship and public responsibility throughout the eighteenth century. Considering ballads, pamphlets and periodicals produced by Whigs, Tories and the Opposition, this article focuses particularly on the writing of Joseph Addison, Francis Atterbury and Henry St John. Since characterisations of the ‘freeholder’ are almost exclusively discussed in terms of urban and rural binaries the article also tracks the term’s transmission between the centres and peripheries of Britain’s eighteenth-century print networks, culminating in a discussion of Christopher Wyvill’s hitherto unstudied oppositional periodical: The Yorkshire Freeholder.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1111/1754-0208.12463
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN3311 Prose. Prose fiction
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2371

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