Tuesday, February 27, 2007

America On it's Own

"America's high literacy rate and it's rapidly growing
population, fed by new waves of immigration, led to markets for print that were
not just larger than those in European countries but also increasingly diverse.
Thanks to the extent ion of schooling, the raising public even in the first half
of the nineteenth century included growing numbers of women, young readers,
working class as well as middle class adults and new immigrants as well as some
free blacks. " (Starr, Pg. 114)

I Chose this particular quote from the text because Starr discusses here how America as a new country differs from Europe. I feel while reading this part in the chapter you can get an idea or feel for how the new land basically modeled after it's mother country is starting to develop into it's own figure. Developing it's own government, it's own postal system, education system, all in relevance were made possible by the power of the printing press.


At 10:57 AM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post.

Starr does believe that the U.S. was starting down its own path of political and media development which had important differences from the European models. The government supported the rise of cheap print and cheap distribution systems which helped to create a distinctly American political culture.


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