The American Revolution and the Press
The Promise of Independence
Publication Year: 2013
Carol Sue Humphrey’s The American Revolution and the Press argues that newspapers played an important role during America’s struggle for independence by keeping Americans engaged in the war even when the fighting occurred in distant locales. From the moment that the colonials received word of Britain’s new taxes in 1764 until reports of the peace treaty arrived in 1783, the press constituted the major source of information about events and developments in the conflict with the mother country. Both Benjamin Franklin, one of the Revolution’s greatest leaders, and Ambrose Serle, a Loyalist, described the press as an “engine” that should be used to advance the cause. The efforts of Patriot printers to keep readers informed about the war helped ensure ultimate success by boosting morale and rallying Americans to the cause until victory was achieved. As Humphrey illustrates, Revolutionary-era newspapers provided the political and ideological unity that helped Americans secure their independence and create a new nation.
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Foreword by David A. Copeland
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...from Great Britain and the role the press played in the process, was no part of the Revolution,” John Adams wrote to Thomas Jef-ferson in 1815. Instead, Adams said, one needed to consult news-papers and pamphlets in all the colonies to uncover the true Revo-lution. Historian David Ramsay’s well- known statement from his ...
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Americans love stories about the wars their ancestors fought in. cause it involved the entire nation fi ghting itself and had battles overshadowed all other military confl icts in American history, Growing up in North Carolina, I spent a lot of time in activities related to the history of the Civil War. My family usually went ...
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On July 4, 1776, one of the most celebrated events in American plaining why the thirteen colonies had chosen to break away from Great Britain. The members of the Congress believed that it was a central role in presenting the various arguments over taxes and the rights of the colonials, and would continue to be important ...
Two. The Colonial Press
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...the earliest settlers had considered printed materials an essential part of life. This proved particularly true in New England, where the Puritans desired to increase access to the Bible by making it more readily available. As a result of this outlook, the fi rst printing press in the British American colonies was set up in the original ...
Three. The Conflict Emerges
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...taxes. Great Britain began passing additional taxes for the American colonies to pay off the war debt that had resulted from the French and Indian War. The war had been a large- scale one that entailed many sacrifi ces and the British treasury needed to be replenished. The war had doubled England’s national debt, and military and ...
Four. A Time of Quiet
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Although the crisis sparked by the Stamp Act was allayed with the act’s repeal in 1766, tensions continued and the adoption of the remained particularly tense in Boston, where the Stamp Act riots degenerate into riots, and he requested that British troops be sta-tioned in Boston to intimidate the citizens of Massachusetts and ...
Five. No Hope of a Solution
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...point of no return in the confl ict between Great Britain and the Acts to punish the colony of Massachusetts, and particularly the city of Boston, which saw its port closed by the legislation. The and allowing the governor to quarter troops more easily in private facilities. Leaders throughout the American colonies perceived the ...
Six. The Split Becomes Permanent
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...the real point of no return in the confl ict between Great Britain and her colonies, many people did not see this clearly. But they did see the apparently irreparable division when fi ghting broke out in Massachusetts on April 19, 1775. When news of the fi ght-1775, the delegates realized that the confl ict with Great Britain ...
Seven. The War for Independence
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...ning the war against Great Britain. The newspapers fulfi lled an im-portant function, primarily as a fount of information and inspiration. The role of the press as a source of news proved so essential that Con-gress provided for a printer for the army so the troops could main-tain access to a newspaper. George Washington also arranged to keep ...
Eight. Victory Leads to Peace
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...six more years. During this period, American military eff orts did not fare well. Along with the treachery of Benedict Arnold came losses on the battlefi eld that many feared could lead to the dis-membering of the colonies, if not a total loss in the fi ght for inde-pendence. Patriot newspaper printers tried to fi ght this growing ...
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...took two more years to negotiate a peace treaty to fi nally end the confl ict. Though the war lasted until 1783, almost everyone in America believed that the victory at Yorktown would be decisive relief that the fi ghting was apparently over. Even many of the Patriot Americans rejoiced over their successful fi ght for indepen-...
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Page Count: 280
Illustrations: 16 b&w
Publication Year: 2013
Volume Title: 1
Series Title: Medill Visions Of The American Press
Series Editor Byline: David Abrahamson