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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 Material and Cultural Foundations of American Magazines

The Material and Cultural Foundations of American Magazines

(p.55) Chapter 3 The Material and Cultural Foundations of American Magazines
Magazines and the Making of America

Heather A. Haveman

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the material and cultural foundations that provided the resources necessary for magazine publishing and the demand necessary to sustain a large number of magazines in locations across America. In particular, it explores a number of fundamental changes in American society that supported the explosive growth and increasing variety of magazines. It first considers basic material supports such as advances in printing and papermaking technologies and the development of the U.S. postal system before discussing the more complex demographic, economic, and cultural supports. These include population growth and urbanization and the rise of various religious, political, and economic communities of readers. In particular, the chapter describes the growth of an increasingly urban, better-educated, more prosperous population, along with the development of copyright law in Britain and America and its impact on cultural conceptions of authorship in both countries.

Keywords:   magazine publishing, American magazines, printing technology, papermaking technology, postal system, population growth, urbanization, copyright law, authorship

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