July 31, 2009
Celebrate Daniel Defoe
On this day in 1703, the famed English satirist was condemned to the pillory for his pamphlet The Shortest Way With Dissenters, which neither the government nor the dissenters initially understood. When they did, they really got mad. The public, however, was on Defoe's side, and pelted him with flowers.
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