|Philadelphia prepares for the Paxton Boys|
I am trying to churn out my paper so that it can be pre-circulated to the registered conference attendees. It explores some of the ways we can, and cannot, interpret the Paxton Riots through a religious lens. The paper will be built on some of the pamphlets produced in the wake of the massacre (with particular focus on Isaac Hunt's A Looking Glass for Presbyterians), Presbyterian ecclesiastical developments in the 1750s and 1760s, and the political implications of the massacre on Presbyterian politics in Pennsylvania. Since I want to have a Paxton Boys chapter in my ongoing project on Presbyterians and the American Revolution, I am hoping that this will be a good place to try out some of my ideas and learn from the scholars and audience members in attendance.
Stay tuned and keep the coffee flowing.