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The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870

 
 
 
 
The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870
Author: Trish Loughran
ISBN 13: 9780231139090
ISBN 10: 231139098
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2009-03-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 568
List Price: $30.00
 
 

In The Republic in Print, Trish Loughran challenges a dominant narrative about nationalism: the idea that print culture produces nations. Focusing on the years between 1770 and 1870, Loughran develops two richly detailed and provocative arguments. First she argues that it was the lack of national infrastructure (rather than a tightly connected print network) that enabled the nation to be imagined between 1776 and 1790. She then describes how the increasingly connected book market of the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s worked to exacerbate regional differences in ways that contributed to secession and civil war. Drawing on a range of literary, historical, and archival materials, The Republic in Print is a refreshing and original cultural history of the early American nation-state.