Adam James Smith
I am a Lecturer in English at York St John University where I currently teach on a range of undergraduate modules... I am also an Honorary Research Fellow the Sheffield Centre for Archival Practices. Until recently I also worked as a Cultural Engagement Assistant on an AHRC-funded project anthologizing poems of protest printed in Sheffield’s radical press at the dawn of the nineteenth century.
My doctoral research was on early eighteenth-century periodicals that were funded by political parties but never signaled their partisan credentials... All of the papers I looked at for the PhD were printed in London and by the end of the project I'd noticed that they were all smugly metropolitan, regardless of their political affiliations... This troubled me, so much so that when the PhD was eventually over I was left with one burning question: how did people express political opinion in the North? What does Northern partisanship actually look like, discounting the way it was represented in the Southern, Metropolitan press?
And it is this question that led me to the man I am most interested in at the moment: James Montgomery, a poet, hymn-writer, statesman, slavery abolitionist and editor of Sheffield's radical press at the turn of the nineteenth century.
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