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Faith in ReadingReligious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America$
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David Paul Nord

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195173112.001.0001

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The Finger of Providence, 1815

(p.3) Introduction
Faith in Reading

David Paul Nord (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the origins of religious publishing in America. Religious publishing can be traced back to 1815, through the efforts of missionary and religious tract societies to distribute the Bible and religious tracts. By the first half of the 19th century, scattered local societies had coalesced into national organizations, leading America into the modern era of mass publication and the systematic distribution of printed material. An overview of the chapters in this volume is presented.

Keywords:   mass media, history, Bible, missionaries, distribution, publishing, printing

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