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It is the story of sovereignty versus suppression.

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I read this many years ago and I just referred to it when confronted with a dear friend's lament about the state of our political discourse. The setting is Adams vs Jefferson. Vice President Jefferson, a Democrat and Vice President under Adams is running against him. Ben Franklin's Grandson, a vicious advocate for Jefferson, runs the Democrat newspaper, the Philadelphia Aurora and the Federalist papers based in NY are run by some really colorful characters who would make William Randolph Hearst blush with their yellow journalism. Once you have read American Aurora, you will henceforth laugh at the almost daily lament heard in today's media that America's political discourse has been coarsened. The founding fathers went for the jugular and the newspapers of the time vicious and mendacious. The dueling newspapers will strike you as the FOX News and MSNBC of their day. You will learn not only that the tone of our political discourse has always been rough and tumble, but also a great deal about the history of the time.  

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