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The idea of a free press : the Enlightenment and its unruly legacy

Author: David A Copeland; Daniel Schorr
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2006.
Series: Visions of the American press.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With the introduction of the printing press in England in 1476, a struggle over its control - and its potential for interrupting power - was joined. The written word, once the domain of the upper levels of society that controlled politics, economics, and religion, could be seen passing into the hands of anyone throughout the social strata who wished to voice opinions on any topic of interest or importance. How the  Read more...
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Copeland, David A., 1951-
Idea of a free press.
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607709741
Online version:
Copeland, David A., 1951-
Idea of a free press.
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)610014767
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David A Copeland; Daniel Schorr
ISBN: 0810123290 9780810123298
OCLC Number: 63277699
Description: xxiv, 285 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
English origins: liberty of conscience --
English origins: news --
The marketplace of ideas and its polemicists --
American origins: the seventeenth century --
Turning points for expression --
Debate and the public sphere --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Visions of the American press.
Responsibility: David A. Copeland ; foreword by Daniel Schorr.
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The rise of a free press was, in many ways, a legacy of the Reformation and Enlightenment. The author describes a discourse centered on questions of religion - a discussion that the government, with  Read more...

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