THE BATTLE OF CONEY ISLAND; OR, FREE TRADE OVERTHROWN. A SCRAP OF HISTORY WRITTEN IN 1900. By An Eye Witness [pseudonym]. Philadelphia: J. A. Wagenseller, Publisher, 23 North Sixth Street, 1883. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-116, original brown wrappers printed in black. First edition. Published anonymously. An economic and political satire that supports protectionism and denounces government policies concerning tariffs and free trade which had been recently liberalized. Intrigue by powerful foreign nations (Great Britain, France and Germany) and internal unrest in America caused by corrupt officials, "Nihilists, Communists" and "worthless vagabonds from all over the world" emboldens the new revolutionary Republic of Yucatan to blockade the entire east and west coasts of the United States as the result of unresolved commercial grievances and the knowledge that America's navy and merchant marine are weak. To enforce liberal trade policies, the Yucatanians (armed and supported by the British) invade the United States and occupy Brooklyn and New York City. Ultimately the invader's fleet is destroyed by the American navy which has superior seamanship and powerful advanced weapons. The enemy is defeated, the Monroe doctrine is strengthened and enforced, America prospers under protectionist policies that benefit both labor and capitalism, and American patriotism scatters "a dark shadow from this land." The result is an American business eutopia. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 69. Bleiler (1978), p. 13. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Wright (III) 238 Not in Clarke (1992). Cover worn and soiled, small chips from spine ends and corners, a good, sound copy. A scarce book. (#157222).
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