The Tyranny of Printers: The Rise of Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic

The Tyranny of Printers: The Rise of Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic

by Jeffrey L. Pasley

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Overview

The Tyranny of Printers: The Rise of Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic by Jeffrey L. Pasley

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Pasley, a former staff writer for the New Republic, is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813920306
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication date: 06/01/1901
Series: Jeffersonian America Series
Pages: 517
Product dimensions: 6.45(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
A Note on Conventions and Methodsxvii
1.The Newspaper-Based Political System of the Nineteenth-Century United States1
2.The Printing Trade in Early American Politics24
3.The Two National Gazettes and the Beginnings of Newspaper Politics48
4.Benjamin Franklin Bache and the Price of Partisanship79
5.The Background and Failure of the Sedition Act105
6.Charles Holt's Generation: From Commercial Printers to Political Professionals132
7.The Expansion of the Republican Newspaper Network, 1798-1800153
8.A Presence in the Public Sphere: William Duane and the Triumph of Newspaper Politics176
9.The New Conventional Wisdom: Consolidating and Expanding a Newspaper-Based Political System196
10.The Federalists Strike Back229
11.Improving on the Sedition Act: Press Freedom and Political Culture after 1800258
12.The "Tyranny of Printers" in Jeffersonian Philadelphia285
13.Ordinary Editors and Everyday Politics: How the System Worked320
14.Newspaper Editors and the Reconstruction of Party Politics348
Appendix 1.Charts on the Growth of the American Press401
Appendix 2.The Sedition Act and the Expansion of the Republican Press407
Notes411
Selected Bibliography467
Index499

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