Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763 - 1789
Reception and lecture
Join author of the JHU Press book Revolutionary Networks Joseph M. Adelman at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
During the American Revolution, newspapers, pamphlets, almanacs, and broadsides played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. In Revolutionary Networks, Adelman argues that printers were artisans who mingled with the elite but labored in a manual trade, and that they used their connections to shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization. At the same time, printers balanced political beliefs with the commercial interests of their businesses, the customs of the printing trade, and the prevailing mood of their communities. Drawing on a database of 756 printers active during the Revolutionary era, along with a rich collection of archival and printed sources, Adelman's book surveys printers’ networks and explains how they played a vital role in the progress of the Revolution and creation of a new republic.
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Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107