The Significance of the Printed Word in Early America: Colonists' Thoughts on the Role of the Press

The Significance of the Printed Word in Early America: Colonists' Thoughts on the Role of the Press

The Significance of the Printed Word in Early America: Colonists' Thoughts on the Role of the Press

The Significance of the Printed Word in Early America: Colonists' Thoughts on the Role of the Press

Synopsis

The American press played a significant role in the transference of European civilization to America and in the shaping of American society. Settlement entrepreneurs used the press to persuade Europeans to come to America. Immigrants brought religious tracts with them to spread Puritanism and other doctrines to Native Americans and the white population. The colonists used the press to openly debate issues, print advertisements for business, and as a source of entertainment. But what did the colonists actually think about the press? The author has gathered information from primary sources to explore this question. Diaries and journals reveal how the colonists valued local news, often preferring American news to European news. This concentrated focus upon colonial attitudes and thoughts toward the press covers the period of colonial settlement from the 1500s through 1765.
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