Paine Detected in Mississippi: Slavery, Print Culture, and the Threat of Deism in the Early Republic

@article{Perry2021PaineDI,
  title={Paine Detected in Mississippi: Slavery, Print Culture, and the Threat of Deism in the Early Republic},
  author={Seth Perry},
  journal={The William and Mary Quarterly},
  year={2021},
  volume={78},
  pages={313 - 338}
}
  • S. Perry
  • Published 8 May 2021
  • History
  • The William and Mary Quarterly
Abstract:Paine Detected is a critique of Thomas Paine's Age of Reason printed in Natchez, Mississippi Territory, in 1799. The pamphlet, which survives in one known copy, has never been the subject of close study by scholars. The text both indexes the challenges of creating a print public sphere on the frontier and illustrates the region's active participation in a self-consciously national discourse about the threat of deism to moral and civic order. Moreover, Paine Detected takes special…