1802 1st comic book “The Wasp” is published in Hudson, New York

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Known for concealing political allegory and rhetoric, this small sheet publication was a biting commentary about President Thomas Jefferson. Indeed, it was so incendiary that it caused a court case — The People of the State of New York v. Harry Croswell — which proved critical to the development of the United States defamation law.

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Why? Because while some sites state the Wasp actually concealed political allegory and rhetoric against Republicans, others imply it was against the likes of folks like p Jefferson etc….

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