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Alexander Purdie (Va Gazette publisher, Common Sense)

AE Curator May 10
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How do you get ahead of the competition? Be the first. Operating one of the three newspapers named the Virginia Gazette located in Williamsburg during the American Revolution, Alexander Purdie printed his newspaper on the site of the now reconstructed Tarpley’s store. Just weeks after Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was printed, Purdie was the first to publish excerpts of the pamphlet that challenged the authority of the British government and the monarchy. Six months later, Purdie was the first to present the newly written Declaration of Independence to Virginia readers.

Location: Williamsburg
Image: Kristin Ritchey


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