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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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Faith in Reading

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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.

Keywords:   missionary publishing, printing, religion, New England

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