Web version of
"The Cheese and the Words:
Popular Political Culture and Participatory Democracy in the Early American Republic"
by Jeffrey L. Pasley
A paper given at the 7th Annual Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference,
Glasgow, Scotland, 12 July 2001. Published in a different version as a chapter in
Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher, eds.,
Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic
(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004) .
illustration page contents
COMMEMORATING THE CHEESE
A commercial brand in the 1870s:
A current children's book:
Views of the 1940 "cheese press" monument in Cheshire
(click photos to see larger images)
Elder John Leland portrait and inscription from the monument
(click picture for a readable, but adults-only, close-up)
NAMING THE CHEESE:
The "Mammoth" Craze of 1801-1802
Charles Willson Peale, "Disinterment of the Mastodon"
Diagram of the Peales' overly mammoth reconstruction of the Mammoth (click picture for larger version)
Ticket to the museum
-- seeing the "Mammoth Room" would have cost you another 50 cents
Advertisement for the Mammoth exhibit (click picture for larger, readable version)
CHESHIRE AREA POLITICS
Phinehas Allen & his newspaper
Cheshire 4th of July celebration, 1802,
as reported in the
Cheese era voter turnouts
Click chart for larger version
"The Early American Republic Plugged-In"
(Jeff Pasley's home page)