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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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Social Reform

Social Reform

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(p.187) Chapter 6 Social Reform
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Magazines and the Making of America
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Heather A. Haveman

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164403.003.0006

This chapter examines the relationship between magazines and social reform movements in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In particular, it looks at the “benevolent empire,” an interorganizational field that consisted of a large number of voluntary social reform associations, the religious structures that supported them, and the magazines that both supported organized reform efforts and were supported by them. The chapter first reviews the history of reform movements, with emphasis on the links among successive movements and the formal organizations that supported them. It then considers the religious roots of social reform and the specialized magazines launched by reform leaders to broadcast their views and show. It also discusses how often the many different social reform movements were covered across all magazine genres before concluding with an analysis of the antislavery movement and its interaction with both religion and magazines.

Keywords:   American magazines, social reform movement, benevolent empire, social reform, specialized magazines, magazine genres, antislavery movement, religion

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