The Acquisitions Table: Calathumpian Advocate

Calathumpian Advocate (Concord, NH).  June 19, 1850.

This interesting political periodical could be described as rabble rousing. The term “calathumpian” is probably a colloquial Americanism relating to a society of social reformers, especially those that disrupt political events. This particular issue includes a report of the Calathumpian Fusiliers disrupting an election in Concord, ending with a list of participants, but the names are meant to be humorous, e.g. Sledge Hammer, Old Tar, Josiah Billdad, Lincom Squizzle.

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Vincent Golden

Curator of Newspapers and Periodicals, American Antiquarian Society

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