This chapter examines the beginnings of missionary publishing societies in the years following the American Revolution. It focuses on how ideology — the will to print — begat organizational practice. It describes how a new millennial spirit in the early republic encouraged a rising faith among religions leaders, especially in New England, in human agency, and human institutions. It presents stories of the first American missionary societies and their ventures into publishing. It discusses the creation of the New England Tract Society in 1814, which served as a non-commercial wholesale publisher with genuine national reach.
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