Press, Politics, and Perserverance: Everett C. Johnson and The Press of Kells

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The Press of Kells in Newark, Delaware, was a product of the dreams and work of Everett C. Johnson, orator, scholar, teacher, and statesman and an almost forgotten man in Delaware history. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, he established what was for a time considered to be the finest print shop in the State of Delaware. The fortress-like stone building that was home to the Newark Post still stands, and at the time of this writing the lively hometown paper is celebrating its ninetieth year. His editorials...
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New Castle 1999 Hardcover 320 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. BIOGRAPHY. This long-awaited biography brings to life the remarkable printer, politician and ... sage, Everett Johnson. Inspired by the work of Elbert Hubbard's Roycrofters, Johnson established the indomitable Press of Kells in Newark, Delaware. The fortress-like stone building that became home to the "Newark Post" still stands, and as of 1999, this lively paper celebrates its 90th year. For the next generation, through his books, newspaper articles, and public service, he struggled to champion a series of social causes and became known as the "Conscience of Delaware." This very readable book includes Robert Barnes' comprehensive bibliography of Johnson's works. (Key Words: Everett C. Johnson, Press of Kells, Robert C. Barnes, Judith M. Pfieiffer, Neward Post, Delaware, Biography). Read more Show Less

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The Press of Kells in Newark, Delaware, was a product of the dreams and work of Everett C. Johnson, orator, scholar, teacher, and statesman and an almost forgotten man in Delaware history. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, he established what was for a time considered to be the finest print shop in the State of Delaware. The fortress-like stone building that was home to the Newark Post still stands, and at the time of this writing the lively hometown paper is celebrating its ninetieth year. His editorials kept the citizens of Newark well informed. He offered his paper as a forum to all who wished to express their opinions in a responsible way. Extremely patriotic, he served two years as State Representative and four years as Secretary of State, encompassing World War I. Suffering from ill health most of his life, this frail man persevered in his efforts to raise the living and educational standards of all Delawarians. Considered the state's foremost orator, he often delivered speeches with such force that he received standing ovations and then had to be helped, exhausted, from the stage. His punishing work schedule sometimes left him bedridden over the weekend in order to build up enough strength to make it through the following week. Sadly, his life was cut short at the age of forty-eight, depriving the State of Delaware of one of its most progressive and dedicated visionaries.
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The Press of Kells in Newark, Delaware, was a product of the dreams and work of Everett C. Johnson, an orator, scholar, statesman, and an almost forgotten figure in the history of Delaware. The fortress-like stone building that became home to the still stands, and in 1999 the paper celebrates its 90th year. Describes Johnson's life and work and his extensive influence on the state of Delaware. Includes b&w historical photos. Barnes is an alumnus of the University of Delaware, a police officer, and a historian. Pfeiffer is a craftsperson with an interest in history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781884718823
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press DE
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Chronology 8
From the Swamps of Sussex / The Early Years 11
The College Years / Blue and Gold-Class of '99 19
Marriage / From Purgatory to Heaven's Point 30
Women's Rights / A Man Ahead of His Time 39
Ruskin, Morris, Hubbard and Johnson / The Arts and Crafts Movement 43
The Newark Post / Print All the Truth You Dare 49
The Press of Kells Building / The Stonemasons Sang Opera 64
The End Product / Paper, Type and Binding 94
The War Years / Secretary of State 103
The Service Citizens of Delaware / The University of Delaware Press 118
New Schools for Delaware / Thank You Mr. du Pont 136
Library and War Memorial / Voices from the Past 141
Letters and Stories / The Private Side of Everett C. Johnson 149
The "Old Man of Kells" and "The Old Man of the Atlantic" 163
Best Seller / "There is nothing like a good Constitution" 171
Tomorrow Night will be My Party / And the Rest is Silence 177
"30" / The End of Kells 182
Scrapbook / Clippings from the Post 190
Endnotes 218
Bibliography 228
List of Illustrations 299
Index 301
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