American Media History by Anthony Fellow

By Anthony Fellow

AMERICAN MEDIA background is a complete textual content for undergraduate and graduate classes within the historical past and Philosophy of yankee Mass Communications, Journalism and Broadcast Journalism historical past, and The heritage of stories in sleek the United States. The textual content is also acceptable for American stories, historical past, and political technology classes.

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His Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick extended the function of the coffeehouse. The paper was filled with gossip and information he picked up from people who frequented it. Harris was witty and printed the truth as he saw it. It had no more than appeared, however, before it was suppressed, after only one issue. The primary reason was the familiar one: Harris had neglected to get a license from the authorities. Perhaps he also believed, mistakenly, that the comparative new freedom of the press which had accompanied Protestant King William’s accession to the English throne extended to the colonies.

The growth of newspapers accompanied a rapid expansion in population from 251,000 in 1700 to 1,171,000 in 1750. 13 14 Part 1 Boston also had the most vociferous patriots; they used the press to kindle the flames of revolution. Samuel Adams, a palsied, fifty-three-year-old dubbed by a Tory as “that Machiavellian of Chaos,” had been inciting a riot for a decade. He “eats little, drinks little, sleeps little, thinks much,” muttered Joseph Galloway (a less than ardent defender of American rights who eventually became loyal to England).

They were not interested in employing it to promote literature. Those few colonists who were concerned with literature sent their work to London to be published. Colonial America, however, was not devoid of literary culture. It flourished in the private libraries of those affluent citizens who were able to import a wide variety of books through local booksellers. An intellectual such as Cotton Mather had a library of more than 3,000 volumes, one of the largest in the world. The Mathers published their own work because they were motivated by the powerful urge to proselytize.

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