IN THE early periods of American life it is surprising that so many women acted as publishers of newspapers. It is the usual conception that women in colonial times served only in the home, occupied with endless household cares and bearing children. Generally speaking, this was true. Marriage was customary and lasting, and large families were the rule. Yet when husbands died the requirement of supporting children was pressing, at least in the interval before the next marriage. There was no law or public opinion against women taking employment. Therefore women served frequently as tavern- keepers, merchants, dressmakers, shop-keepers and even as brewers, coach-makers and horse-shoers. Generally necessity compelled.
The publisher of a newspaper was invariably an important person in the community. A certain amount of education was required, even if it was self-education, and with so few schools a woman stood as good a chance of being educated as her husband. During the century of journalism before 1820 there were thirty-two women who acted as publishers of newspapers. Since no record in this respect has pre
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Publication information: Book title: Journals and Journeymen:A Contribution to the History of Early American Newspapers. Contributors: Clarence Brigham - Author. Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 1950. Page number: 71.
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