The Hudson Library will be hosting Rachel Carnell on April 6th at 7pm. Carnell will be discussing her book Backlash.
*Note: this is a virtual event and you need to register to join. If you'd like to register, please click here. The author will be signing special ordered copies for those who attend the event on Tuesday.
The backlash began in 1709. Britain was bitterly divided between two political parties. Populist mobs were rising in support of a reactionary rabble-rouser. The political process was being affected by foreign interference and relations were strained between Britain and Europe. The Whigs arrested a popular female Tory political satirist and then impeached a provocative High Church clergyman for preaching a sermon repudiating the ideals of parliamentary monarchy and religious tolerance. The impeachment trial backfired, and mobs surged in the streets supporting the Tory preacher and threatening religious minorities. With charges dropped against the satirist, by 1710 she had written a best-selling sequel. This little-known era offers an important historical perspective on the populist backlashes in the United States and United Kingdom today.
A country bitterly divided between two political parties. Populist mobs rising in support of a reactionary rabble-rouser. Foreign interference in the political process. Strained relations between Britain and Europe. These are not recent headlines--they are from the year 1710, when Queen Anne ruled Britain.