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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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(p.269) Chapter 8 Conclusion
Magazines and the Making of America

Heather A. Haveman

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes that the book has documented the evolution of American magazines from a few, fragile, questionable undertakings to more than a thousand robust, highly legitimate elements of print culture. Between 1741 and 1860, magazines underwent a profound transformation that were made possible by a series of changes in American society, including population growth and urbanization, advances in publishing technologies, the gradual development of copyright law, the modernization of social reform movements, and the rise of protoscientific agriculture. The chapter discusses the implications of the book's findings for understanding modernity and community, for other aspects of American society such as the establishment of various medical schools, and for those who study media in the contemporary era. It concludes by reiterating the important role played by magazines in fostering the pluralistic integration that distinguished American society from European ones in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Keywords:   American magazines, print culture, American society, urbanization, publishing technology, social reform movement, modernity, community, media, population growth

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