The Significance of the Printed Word in Early America: Colonists' Thoughts on the Role of the Press

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - 298 Seiten

The American press played a significant role in the transference of European civilization to America and in the shaping of American society. Settlement entrepreneurs used the press to persuade Europeans to come to America. Immigrants brought religious tracts with them to spread Puritanism and other doctrines to Native Americans and the white population. The colonists used the press to openly debate issues, print advertisements for business, and as a source of entertainment. But what did the colonists actually think about the press? The author has gathered information from primary sources to explore this question. Diaries and journals reveal how the colonists valued local news, often preferring American news to European news. This concentrated focus upon colonial attitudes and thoughts toward the press covers the period of colonial settlement from the 1500s through 1765.

This book will appeal to scholars and students of American history and communication history. Primary documents expressing the colonists' thoughts will also be of interest to scholars and students of American thought, American philosophy, and early American literature and writing.

 

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A Romance with the Printed Word Early Americans as Readers
7
The Transference of Culture
27
Coaxing Settlement
29
Spreading the Word of God The Puritans
51
Spreading the Word of God The NonPuritans
75
Shaping Culture
99
Print and Public Debate
101
This Is Printed to Prevent False Reports
135
Living in the Culture
183
Americans and Periodicals A Fascination with Local Happenings
185
The Printed Word as Entertainment
207
The Printed Word as Advertisement
219
Press Workers Views A Clash of Public Ideals and Private Needs
233
The Colonial Press and the American Character
269
References
277
Index
289

Problems and Solutions The Printed Word as Helpful Information
163

Häufige Begriffe und Wortgruppen

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Seite 14 - I established myself in Pennsylvania, there was not a good bookseller's shop in any of the Colonies to the southward of Boston.

Über den Autor (1999)

JULIE HEDGEPETH WILLIAMS is Assistant Professor at Samford University in Birmingham-Alabama, where she teaches journalism history and media writing. She is the co-author of The Early American Press, 1690-1783 (Greenwood, 1994) which received the Choice Outstanding Academic Book award in 1995.

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