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

Author: Richard D Brown
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
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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 travelled. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard D Brown
ISBN: 9780198021346 0198021348 9781601298577 1601298579
OCLC Number: 475956479
Description: 1 online resource (385 pages)
Contents: Introduction; 1 Information and Authority in Samuel Sewall's Boston, 1676-1729; 2 William Byrd II and the Challenge of Rusticity Among the Tidewater Gentry; 3 Rural Clergymen and the Communication Networks of 18th-Century New England; 4 Lawyers, Public Office, and Communication Patterns in Provincial Massachusetts: The Early Careers of Robert Treat Paine and John Adams, 1749-1774; 5 Communications and Commerce: Information Diffusion in Northern Ports from the 1760s to the 1790s; 6 Information and Insularity: The Experiences of Yankee Farmers, 1711-1830.

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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 travelled. 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 r.

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