Does Paul Johnson make a convincing argument about Sam Patch making a political statement? How does he do this?

Paul Johnson makes a convincing argument about Sam Patch making a political statement simply by telling his story and allowing his actions to speak for themselves.

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Paul Johnson tells the true story of Sam Patch, a man born into poverty in the early 1800s. As an adult, he gives up his job working in a factory and becomes a stuntman, and became widely renowned from jumping off bridges.

The first public jump that he makes is a protest against the exclusion of working-class people from a nature reserve that is to be opened in Paterson, New York. While Sam starts to...

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