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Magazines and the Making of AmericaModernization, Community, and Print Culture, 1741-1860$
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Heather A. Haveman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164403

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164403.001.0001

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The History of American Magazines, 1741–1860

The History of American Magazines, 1741–1860

(p.23) Chapter 2 The History of American Magazines, 1741–1860
Magazines and the Making of America

Heather A. Haveman

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the history of American magazines during the period 1741–1860. It first traces the origins of magazines in Europe, where magazine publishing began in the late seventeenth century as printing presses became widespread. Among the early English-language magazines in this period were the Philosophical Transactions, A Review of the Affairs of France and of all Europe, and Gentleman's Magazine. The chapter proceeds by discussing the growth of the magazine industry in America from 1741 to 1860 as well as the evolving nature of magazine distribution in terms of audience, content, format, and genre variety, as well as publishing and readership geography. The chapter highlights the sharp distinction between the short-lived, small-circulation magazines of the mid-eighteenth century and the often long-lived, mass-circulation periodicals of the mid-nineteenth century.

Keywords:   American magazines, Europe, magazine publishing, printing presses, English-language magazines, America, magazine industry, magazine distribution, genre variety, readership

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