A History of the Book in America: Volume 2: An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790-1840 / Edition 1

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Volume Two of this five-volume series documents the development of a distinctive culture of print in the new American republic. Between 1790 and 1840 printing and publishing expanded, and literate publics provided a ready market for novels, almanacs, newspapers, tracts, and periodicals. Government, business, and reform drove the dissemination of print, and a decentralized print culture emerged where citizenship meant literacy and print meant power. Yet regional differences persisted and older forms of oral and handwritten communication offered alternatives to print.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"With thirty-two contributors, this volume is a feat of compilation and editing."—Times Literary Supplement

"These superb essays convey the extraordinary range of possibilities in Americans' interactions with print between 1790 and 1840."—Journal of American History

"The scholarship is up-to-date in every way, as the contributors (many leading scholars on their subject) look at every facet—human and machine—of producing the written word. . . . Gross and Kelley provide lucid, helpful overviews in their introductions to the book as a whole and to its six sections. No other single book offers such a rich and comprehensive analysis of how the written word helped shape antebellum America, and the series as a whole is magnificent. . . . Essential."—Choice

"Has a remarkable unity of voice, its sections elegantly knitted together by thoughtful introductions. . . . Both lay and academic readers . . . [will] be rewarded with the feeling of truly understanding the era, benefiting from both broad strokes and fine details."—Library Journal

"A model of scholarly publication and institutional cooperation. . . . A timely achievement and a great one. . . . Without university presses, we would still be waiting for HBA."—Journal of Scholarly Publishing

"This book is required reading for scholars of early American literature, indeed for anyone interested in the development of U.S. culture during its formative years."—Early American Literature

"Scholars searching for a guide to the history of the book in the early national period will find this volume useful."—Fides et Historia

"Well-illustrated, richly documented, and painstakingly edited . . . . An outstanding resource for anyone interested in women's experiences of and impact on print culture."—Legacy

"A standard reference work that every university library will want to acquire."—Journal of Southern History

"A remarkable work . . . . For scholars interested in this important period of transition, An Extensive Republic is required reading."—Sharp News
"Beautifully-designed with frequent illustrations, a very well-chosen font, and rich source notes. . . . All involved should be justly proud of their creation. . . . This and its companion volumes are an indispensable resource."—PhiloBiblos Blog

"What the History of the Book series shows so clearly is that the world we know, the communities to which we already belong, are reified and reinforced by books. Such is the incredible and incredibly flexible power of this primitive technology. Behold the book: It is limited but perfect."—Humanities magazine

"The decision to plumb as many themes of print culture as possible, coupled with the skillful use of various rhetorical devices . . . has produced a volume that meets the challenge of coming to grips with a history of American printing that is more variegated than in any other society or culture of the period. . . . Eminently successful, and as in all good history it flings open doors for new avenues of research and understanding." —Printing History

From the Publisher

"These superb essays convey the extraordinary range of possibilities in Americans' interactions with print between 1790 and 1840."
-Journal of American History

"A standard reference work that every university library will want to acquire."
-Journal of Southern History

From the Publisher
"These superb essays convey the extraordinary range of possibilities in Americans' interactions with print between 1790 and 1840."
-Journal of American History

"A standard reference work that every university library will want to acquire."
-Journal of Southern History

Library Journal
With this second volume of the five-volume History of the Book in America, the series is now complete (the volumes were published out of order). The essays here collectively embrace the hazy history between the American Colonial era and the Industrial Revolution. America's growing pains are evinced by the restless technological and social climate that was poorly recorded by this era's historians. It is all the more impressive, then, how this volume triumphs. The contributing essayists—over 30 of them, chiefly academics—present most conceivable angles of printing's history, including publishing, technology, politics, pedagogy, social class, and the various reader groups. Despite the subject breadth and diversity of authors, the book has a remarkable unity of voice, its sections elegantly knitted together by thoughtful introductions, each by Gross (early American history, Univ. of Connecticut; The Minutemen and Their World) or Kelley (history, American culture & women's studies, Univ. of Michigan; Learning To Stand and Speak). VERDICT History students could make good use of the book as a reference tool. Both lay and academic readers who commit to the book's entirety, however, would be rewarded with the feeling of truly understanding the era, benefiting from both broad strokes and fine details.—Megan Curran, Univ. of Southern California Norris Medical Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807833391
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Gross is James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History at the University of Connecticut. He is author of The Minutemen and Their World.

Mary Kelley is Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. She is author or editor of several books, including Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America's Republic (UNC Press).

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Table of Contents


Editors' and Authors' Acknowledgments

Introduction: An Extensive Republic Robert A. Gross Gross, Robert A. 1

Section I A Republic in Print: Ideologies and Institutions

Introduction Mary Kelley Kelley, Mary 53

Chapter 1 The Revolution's Legacy for the History of the Book Richard D. Brown Brown, Richard D. 58

Chapter 2 The Book Trades in the New Nation

Part 1 The Rise of Book Publishing James N. Green Green, James N. 75

Part 2 Case Study: Harper & Brothers Scott E. Casper Casper, Scott E. 128

Part 3 Case Study: Urban Printing Karen Nipps Nipps, Karen 137

Part 4 "Printing is something every village has in it": Rural Printing and Publishing Jack Larkin Larkin, Jack 145

Part 5 "Of the paper cap and inky apron": Journeymen Printers William S. Pretzer Pretzer, William S. 160

Section II Spreading the Word in Print

Introduction Mary Kelley Kelley, Mary 175

Chapter 3 Government and Law

Part 1 Print and Politics John L. Brooke Brooke, John L. 179

Part 2 Have Pen, Will Travel: The Times and Life of John Norvell, Political Journalist Jeffrey L. Pasley Pasley, Jeffrey L. 190

Part 3 Copyright Meredith L. McGill McGill, Meredith L. 198

Part 4 Expanding the Realm of Communications Richard R. John John, Richard R. 211

Chapter 4 Benevolent Books: Printing, Religion, and Reform David Paul Nord Nord, David Paul 221

Chapter 5 The Learned World David S. Shields Shields, David S. 247

Section III Educating the Citizenry

Introduction Mary Kelley Kelley, Mary 269

Chapter 6 Libraries and Schools

Part 1 Libraries Kenneth E. Carpenter Carpenter, Kenneth E. 273

Part 2 Schools Maris A. Vinovskis Vinovskis, Maris A. 286

Part 3 Schoolbooks E. Jennifer Monaghan Monaghan, E. Jennifer 304

Part 4 Colleges and Print Culture Leon Jackson Jackson, Leon 318

Part 5 Female Academies and Seminaries and Print Culture Mary Kelley Kelley, Mary 332

Section IV Gendering Authorship and Audiences

Introduction Mary Kelley Kelley, Mary 347

Chapter 7 Men Writing in the Early Republic David Leverenz Leverenz, David 350

Chapter 8 Women Writing in the Early Republic Sandra A. Zagarell Zagarell, Sandra A. 364

Section V Genres of Print

Introduction Mary Kelley Kelley, Mary 385

Chapter 9 Periodical Press: Newspapers, Magazines, and Reviews

Part 1 Newspapers and Periodicals Andie Tucher Tucher, Andie 389

Part 2 Harriet Newell's Story: Women, the Evangelical Press, and the Foreign Mission Movement Mary Kupiec Cayton Cayton, Mary Kupiec 408

Part 3 Making Friends at the Southern Literary Messenger Leon Jackson Jackson, Leon 416

Chapter 10 Word and Image

Part 1 Transformations in Pictorial Printing Georgia B. Barnhill Barnhill, Georgia B. 422

Part 2 Novels Elizabeth Barnes Barnes, Elizabeth 440

Part 3 Travel Books Dona Brown Brown, Dona 449

Part 4 Biography Scott E. Casper Casper, Scott E. 458

Section VI New Reading and Writing Publics

Introduction Mary Kelley Kelley, Mary 467

Chapter 11 Making Communities in Print

Part 1 Readers and Writers of German A. Gregg Roeber Roeber, A. Gregg 471

Part 2 Give Me a Sign: African Americans, Print, and Practice Grey Gundaker Gundaker, Grey 483

Part 3 Literacy and Colonization: The Case of the Cherokees Barry O'Connell O'Connell, Barry 495

Chapter 12 Reading for an Extensive Republic Robert A. Gross Gross, Robert A. 516

Bibliography and the AAS Catalog: A Note on Tables Robert A. Gross Gross, Robert A. 545

Notes 551

Index 669

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