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The Resource This popular engine : New England newspapers during the American Revolution, 1775-1789, Carol Sue Humphrey

This popular engine : New England newspapers during the American Revolution, 1775-1789, Carol Sue Humphrey

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This popular engine : New England newspapers during the American Revolution, 1775-1789
Title
This popular engine
Title remainder
New England newspapers during the American Revolution, 1775-1789
Statement of responsibility
Carol Sue Humphrey
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • During the Revolutionary era, newspapers were the most important source of information on public affairs. The number of public prints of New England grew during these years, rising from fifteen in April 1775 to thirty-two in April 1789. Most of this growth occurred outside of the large port cities, with many smaller ports and inland towns gaining their first weekly sheets during the 1780s. Still, a host of problems confronted participants in the trade. Acquisition of necessary materials usually proved difficult, either through lack of capital for its purchase or simply through lack of availability. Life seldom proved simple for printers, but most people who entered the business managed to succeed
  • Newspapers of the Revolutionary era also contributed to the development of a free press. Printers declared that their sheets should be free from all outside interference, particularly from the civil authority. They insisted that a truly free press was necessary for a republican government to operate. Without it any government would eventually become a tyranny. A libertarian theory of a free press did not become commonplace until the nineteenth century, but the groundwork was laid by Revolutionary era printers
  • The public view of newspapers changed during this time. No longer were they just purveyors of news and information to the "better sort"; now they belonged to everyone. The debate over the Constitution in 1787-88 transformed the public prints into the dominant public forum, outdistancing pamphlets and broadsides. From this point until at least the early twentieth century, newspapers were the major means of disseminating information to the people. The public prints increasingly reached out to inform an ever-growing readership about their country and the outside world
  • The widening of the readership of the gazettes, chronicles, and journals enabled the press to perform its vital role. The press became increasingly democratized during the Revolutionary era; it reflected developments in the political arena as more and more people not only voted, but also became more directly involved in government, instructing their representatives and seeking offices previously held by their social betters. The public prints likewise contributed to political change. By proclaiming that newspapers were essential to inform people about the doings of their rulers, they inferred that all had a right to participate in government to protect their liberties
  • As both reflector and former of public opinion, the American newspapers--"this popular engine"--Played an essential role in the democratic evolution of the United States
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Humphrey, Carol Sue
Dewey number
071/.4
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN4891
LC item number
.H86 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American newspapers
  • Press and politics
  • Newspaper publishing
  • New England
  • New England
  • Amerikaanse Vrijheidsoorlog
  • Nieuwsbladen
  • Journaux américains
  • Presse et politique
  • Entreprises de presse
  • Zeitung
  • Geschichte (1775-1789)
  • Amerikaanse Vrijheidsoorlog
  • Nieuwsbladen
Label
This popular engine : New England newspapers during the American Revolution, 1775-1789, Carol Sue Humphrey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-199) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Newspapers and Government: A Tension-Filled Relationship
  • 6.
  • The Press and Political Issues: A Time of Unity, 1775-1781
  • 7.
  • The Press and Political Issues: Division between the States, 1782-1786
  • 8.
  • The Press and Political Issues: Return to Common National Concerns, 1787-1789
  • 9.
  • The Role of the Newspaper during the Revolutionary Era
  • 1.
  • Appendix 1: Content Survey
  • Appendix 2: New England Newspapers, 1775-1789
  • Growth and Development of New England Newspapers prior to 1775
  • 2.
  • Printing as a Business: One Problem after Another
  • 3.
  • Producers of the "Popular Engine": New England's Revolutionary Newspaper Printers
  • 4.
  • The Printer and His Public
Control code
24070085
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
204 pages
Isbn
9780874134308
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
90050938
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1449903
Label
This popular engine : New England newspapers during the American Revolution, 1775-1789, Carol Sue Humphrey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-199) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Newspapers and Government: A Tension-Filled Relationship
  • 6.
  • The Press and Political Issues: A Time of Unity, 1775-1781
  • 7.
  • The Press and Political Issues: Division between the States, 1782-1786
  • 8.
  • The Press and Political Issues: Return to Common National Concerns, 1787-1789
  • 9.
  • The Role of the Newspaper during the Revolutionary Era
  • 1.
  • Appendix 1: Content Survey
  • Appendix 2: New England Newspapers, 1775-1789
  • Growth and Development of New England Newspapers prior to 1775
  • 2.
  • Printing as a Business: One Problem after Another
  • 3.
  • Producers of the "Popular Engine": New England's Revolutionary Newspaper Printers
  • 4.
  • The Printer and His Public
Control code
24070085
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
204 pages
Isbn
9780874134308
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
90050938
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1449903

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