The Royal American Magazine
Throughout the Revolution pamphlets, posters, and newspapers fueled revolutionary zeal. Printers risked their property, and in some cases their lives, to continue a stream of pro-revolutionary rhetoric and information. Isaiah Thomas was no stranger to this notion. Thomas had successfully launched a short-lived monthly, The Royal American Magazine, or Universal Repository of Instruction and Amusement in 1774. As the title suggests, Thomas hoped to borrow the best of the style of the British press while advancing the patriot cause. Paul Revere supplied engraved plates for some of the illustrations, such as the one shown here.
The Royal American Magazine, or Universal Repository of Instruction and Amusement. Boston: Isaiah Thomas, 1774–1775.