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Knowledge Is Power : The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865

Knowledge Is Power : The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865 - 89 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195072655

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ISBN13: 978-0195072655
ISBN10: 0195072650
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Edition/Copyright: 89
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1989
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Knowledge Is Power : The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865 - 89 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195072655

Richard D. Brown

ISBN13: 978-0195072655
ISBN10: 0195072650
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 89
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1989
International: No
Summary

Brown here explores America's first communications revolution--the revolution that made printed goods and public oratory widely available and, by means of the steamboat, railroad and telegraph, sharply accelerated the pace at which information traveled. He describes the day-to-day experiences of dozens of men and women, and in the process illuminates the social dimensions of this profound, far-reaching transformation. Brown begins in Massachusetts and Virginia in the early 18th century, when public information was the precious possession of the wealthy, learned, and powerful, who used it to reinforce political order and cultural unity. Employing diaries and letters to trace how information moved through society during seven generations, he explains that by the Civil War era, cultural unity had become a thing of the past. Assisted by advanced technology and an expanding economy, Americans had created a pluralistic information marketplace in which all forms of public communication--print, oratory, and public meetings--were competing for the attention of free men and women. Knowledge is Power provides fresh insights into the foundations of American pluralism and deepens our perspective on the character of public communications in the United States.

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Brown, Richard D. : University of Connecticut



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