Newspapers as a Medium

Newspapers as a Medium - History 1690 The first newspaper...

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History 1690: The first newspaper in America appeared in Boston and was called “Publick Occurrences” However, it was unauthorized so it was destroyed 1704: The first successful newspaper appeared and was titled the “Boston News-Letter” 1720s: Two more newspapers were created in New York and Philadelphia Before the start of the Revolutionary War there were around two dozen newspapers circulating Those were a major factor in shaping Americans’ views on the war
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History Continued 1783: There were 43 newspapers in print 1791: Ratification of the Bill of Rights created freedom of the press Newspapers now began to take a vital role in national issues 1814: Total amount of newspapers grew to 346 1830s: Newspaper growth exploded due to advances in papermaking and printing technology The “Penny Press” emerged during this time period because it became easier and cheaper to produce newspapers
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More History 1850: This was a major year of growth for newspapers The census counted 2,526 newspapers The introduction of larger printing presses made it easier to produce more copies faster (some could produce ten thousand in one hour!) For the first time, illustrations of events appeared
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