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Author Mellen, Roger P.

Title The origins of a free press in prerevolutionary Virginia : creating a culture of political dissent / Roger P. Mellen ; with a foreword by David Waldstreicher
Published Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (iii, 320 pages) : illustrations
Contents Prologue: culture of deference -- Print culture in the early Chesapeake Region -- Chesapeake newspapers and expanding civic discourse, 1728-1764 -- The colonial Chesapeake almanac: revolutionary "agent of change" -- Women, print, and discourse -- The Stamp Act -- Thomas Jefferson and the origins of newspaper competition -- Liberty of the press -- Epilogue
Summary This interdisciplinary study examines the origins of the freedom of the press in Colonial Virginia tracing the development of print culture. It demonstrates how changes in the dominant medium of communication were an important enabler of the cultural development that allowed for the growth of political dissent. Virginia?s traditional culture of deference was gradually replaced by a?culture of dissidence? and from that emerged the first constitutional right for press freedom in the Virginia Declaration of Rights
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-307) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Freedom of the press -- Virginia -- History -- 18th century.
Press -- Virginia -- History -- 18th century.
Printing -- Political aspects -- Virginia -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0773411127 (electronic bk.)
9780773411128 (electronic bk.)