Students in Professor J Michael Waller‘s political warfare history class no longer need to slog through messy photocopies and tedious links to read primary sources on political warfare of the American Revolution.
IWP’s Annenberg Professor of International Communication has just published Founding Political Warfare Documents of the United States, a 360-page collection of polemical works, essays, propaganda, legislation, public declarations, leaflets; and satirical cartoons, poetry and songs. Documents include rare leaflets from the Boston Tea Party (1773) and the siege of Boston (1775). And not just from the side of the American founding fathers, but from the Tories here at home and from the British as well. The collection includes the full texts of the British laws and decrees – seldom read or studied – that the self-described “irate” Samuel Adams and others used as pretexts for independence.