Saturday, February 17, 2007

Chapter 2 "New Foundations"

Periodicals of the 18th Century
"As a result of deliberate policy, Virginia continued without any press through the first three decades of the 18th century. In the 1680's a printer tried to establish a shop but was forced to leave before issuing a single work; he then moved to Maryland, where he was jailed for printing the proceedings of the assembly, told never to publish anything concerned with politics again, and therefore primarily confined himself to printing blank legal forms." (Starr 53)
Clearly those who had high political positions of the 18th century knew that with knowledge comes power, and with power comes uprisings. The alete political figures were now working together with the aletes of economic postitions to establsih capitol with the publishing of periodicals. Power once again was being denied to citizens because they had to be able to afford the periodicals and also be able to read them. Most could not afford or read them therefore this was the tactic used to supress citizens once again. The only press permitted to be printed by printers were blank legal forms.


At 11:06 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post and a goood quote. Remember to spell check.

The Southern colonies in the 1680s were afraid of political rebellion from below after Bacon's Rebellion
The aristocratic, Anglican, planter elite were not ready for democracy. They believed in the rule of a colonial elite that governed behind closed doors. A free press was unthinkable and unnecessary and potentially dangerous.


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