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Volume 5 Number 2 / Fall 1984

Measure by Measure and other Nineteenth-Century Political Satires from New Brunswick

Submitted
May 13, 2008
Published
June 6, 1984

Abstract

The tradition of political satire in dramatic form was strong in New Brunswick from the Loyalist era up to the third quarter of the nineteenth century. Measure by Measure, concerned with a controversial non-sectarian school bill, is the last of a group of satires published in The New Dominion and True Humorist between 1866 and 1871. Two others, 'The Government in Session' and 'Northumbria', deal with different aspects of alleged government corruption. La tradition de satire politique présentée sous forme dramatique au Nouvea-Brunswick fut forte entre le début de l'époque des Loyalistes et les années 1870. Measure by Measure, une pièce qui traite d'un projet de loi scolaire non-sectaire et contesté, est la dernière d'un groupe de pièces satiriques qui parurent entre 1866 et 1871 dans le New Dominion and True Humorist. Deux autres pièces, intitulées 'The Government in Session' et 'Northumbria', traitent des aspects différents d'allégations de corruption au sein du gouvernement.