The Origins of a Free Press in Pre-revolutionary Virginia: Creating a Culture of Political Dissent

The Origins of a Free Press in Pre-revolutionary Virginia: Creating a Culture of Political Dissent

By: Roger P. Mellen (author)Hardback

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This interdisciplinary study examines the origins of freedom of the press in Colonial Virginia tracing the development of print culture. It demonstrates how changes in the dominant medium of communication were an important enabler of the cultural development that allowed for the growth political dissent. Virginia's traditional culture of deference was gradually replaced by a 'culture of dissidence' and from that emerged the first constitutional right for press freedom in the Virginia Declaration of Rights.


Foreword by David Waldstreicher; Acknowledgements; 1. Prologue: Culture of Deference; 2. Print Culture in the Early Chesapeake Region; A Limited Print Culture; Print Culture Broadens; 3. Chesapeake Newspapers and Expanding Civic Discourse, 1728-1764; Early Newspaper Form; Changes: Discourse Increases and Broadens; 4. The Colonial Chesapeake Almanac: Revolutionary "Agent of Change"; The "Almanacks"; 5. Women, Print, and Discourse; Women and Literacy; Books; Ephemeral Press; Women and the Civic Public; 6. The Stamp Act; Parliament's Act; Reactions in the Chesapeake Prints; Changing Virginia Press & Discourse; Print and Related Cultural Shifts; 7. Thomas Jefferson and the Origins of Newspaper Competition; A Government Press; Print Competition Comes to Virginia; Effects of Competition; 8. Liberty of the Press; Context; Early Limits to Press Liberty; Expanding Press Freedom; George Mason and Rights Declared; Revolution and Press Freedom; The Constitution and the Bill of Rights; 9. Epilogue; Appendix; Virginia Printers' Timeline; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773438774
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780773438774
  • ISBN10: 0773438777

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