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Introduction to Mass Communication (MC 2000 section 1) Craig M. Freeman
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A Brief History of Books Books in Colonial America Books and the Revolution Printing Improvements Flowering of the Novel Introduction of Paperbacks
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A Short History of Books Books in Colonial North America 1638: First printing press arrived on North American shores (18 years after the Plymouth Rock landing) 1765: Printers revolt after passage of Stamp Act mandated all printing be done on paper stamped with government’s seal Stamp act designed to control and limit expression in the increasingly restless colonies
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A Short History of Books By the mid-1770s anti-British sentiment reached its climax Short books, or pamphlets, motivated and coalesced political dissent After the War of Independence, printing became even more central to political, intellectual and cultural life in major cities Books still expensive, often costing the equivalent of a working person’s weekly pay Literacy a luxury
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A Short History of Books Improving Printing 1884: German immigrant Ottmar Mergenthaler introduced linotype machine, a typewriter-like keyboard that enables printers to set type mechanically Offset lithography made it possible to print from photographic plates rather than from heavy and relatively fragile metal casts
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