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This article deals with revolutionary verse that emerged in North America. Between 1765 and 1800, Americans lived through a series of momentous political transformations; what began as resistance by British Americans against the Stamp Act soon developed into a war for American independence and, in its aftermath, into a series of partisan struggles that culminated in the triumph of Jeffersonian Republicanism in 1800. Not surprisingly, American culture during this period—and, more particularly, American poetry—reflects this broad emphasis upon politics and national affairs. Political poems and songs were a ubiquitous part of the Revolutionary culture. Political poems and songs appeared as pamphlets and broadsides and in the pages of newspapers and magazines. Dozens of individual poets, including many of the most gifted and best-known writers of the time, engaged in satiric warfare against political figures, journalists, and each other. A discourse on literary warfare and post-revolutionary verse concludes the article.
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