A Free Press In Freehand

A Free Press In Freehand

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by Michael Ray Smith

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A Free Press in Freehand 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JProf More than 1 year ago
Smith's work shows that even the most modern ideas have historical roots. Harrington's work is an example of how the power of sharing ideas inspires communicators to go to great lengths - an idea that can be found in modern blogging. His story is a testament to the enduring value of the written word.
Journalism_Mentor More than 1 year ago
Although I was a professional journalist for 21 years and have now taught journalism for 10, I had no idea that handwritten newspapers existed anywhere other than the extremely restrictive confines of mining camps and prisons. For a North Carolina editor and publisher to have handwritten upwards of 100 copies of his weekly newspaper is truly amazing. Obviously, his handwriting was a whole lot better than mine! Michael Smith's account of John McLean Harrington of Harnett County, N.C., who hand wrote a series of weekly and monthly newspapers between 1858 and 1869, is a fascinating slice of journalism history. While his approach to news wasn't too different from his fellow country editors in the South, his methods of production and distribution certainly were. A "Free Press in Freehand" covers Harrington and his handwritten journalism from every possible aspect. The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of was the actual content of the newspapers; perhaps the full text of more of the papers could be posted online. They could yield a fascinating insight into pre- and post-war rural North Carolina. Thanks very much for introducing me to handwritten newspapers and for making the connection between Harrington's work and contemporary blogs.