Riot, Sedition, Insurrection | Exhibition

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February 20 - May 3

Media and the Road to the American Revolution

In the years preceding the American Revolution, printing presses in the thirteen colonies churned out a wave of seditious literature. A swirl of pamphlets, posters, newspapers, and other print media, not often grounded in fact, fomented a climate of rebellion against the British crown.

This exhibition will bring visitors through the pamphlets that memorialized and politicized key events in the early years of Revolution, from the Stamp Act to the Boston Massacre to the Battle of Bunker Hill. By looking at the same works that circulated in the streets, coffeehouses, and homes of Revolutionary-era Americans, we can experience the media environment that shifted public opinion from loyalty to rebellion.

Many of Pequot Library’s treasures of early Americana will be on view, including several items from our collection on long-term deposit at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University and our 1776 edition of Thomas Paine’s incendiary essay Common Sense.

View the Educator Guide for this Exhibition

Enjoy George Miles’ (Curator, Western Americana at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale Universtiy) gallery talk from the exhibition opening.

Related Programs
Out of the Vault | Exhibition Preview: Friday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Opening Reception
: Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.
(CANCELLED) Meet the Author | Chris Formant: Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.
(CANCELLED) Fake News with Professor Matt Tullis: Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m.
(CANCELLED) Meet John Adams: Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m.
(CANCELLED) American Revolution Book Club (for kids): Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m.
(Stay Tuned for a Digital Program) General Washington’s Three-Pronged Culper Spy Ring: Fairfield, CT – Long Island – New York City: Thursday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m.


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Perkin Gallery, Reading Room