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The Akron Offering

The Literary Magazine of a Progressive Canal Town (1849-1850), Complete and Annotated

edited by Jon Miller

Publication Year: 2013

The Akron offering is the republication of a full year of a literary magazine produced in Akron, Ohio from 1849 to 1850. The book provides a primary look into a progressive canal town on the verge of being transformed by the railroad wave that is sweeping the nation.Also, during this period, woman's rights conventions are taking place across the country refected by the Sojourner Truth speech on High Street in Akron. The vast amount of material in this edition is available for the first time.

Published by: The University of Akron Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-xiv

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Preparation of this edition began in a graduate seminar in scholarly editing that I taught in the fall of 2009 for the Department of English at The University of Akron. Melissa Cigoi, Elizabeth Corrao, Shane Fliger, Kim Hackett, Arnissa Hopkins, Bobbie Hopkins, Jacob Lauritzen, Jeremy Sayers, ...

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pp. 1-24

On April 5, 1849, a prospectus appeared in an Akron, Ohio weekly newspaper announcing plans for a new “Magazine for Ladies!” to be edited by Akron’s own Calista Cumings, an unmarried educator in her thirties or forties. The prospectus staked a claim on high ground. ...

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April 1849

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pp. 25-26

The Subscriber, believing that the Ladies of Akron will look favorably on an effort made by one of their own sex, in their own town, to arrange for them and others an intellectual, literary bouquet, unexceptionable to the most refined taste and most exalted sense of virtue, ...

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May, 1849

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pp. 27-65

Subscribers for the Offering, with deep humility and a lively sense of gratitude, we would speak a few words to you, that may be deemed necessary for a full understanding of the plan and purpose of those who may arrange and conduct this Magazine. The Prospectus shows you something of this and also what is to be expected from its patrons. ...

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June, 1849

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pp. 66-100

Cornelia Campbell’s paternal grandfather was a native of Scotland—his parents were among the noblest of the land, and possessed of much wealth until he was seventeen years of age—then, reverses, not necessary here to detail, came upon them, and they were obliged to retire to comparative poverty and obscurity. ...

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July, 1849

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pp. 101-137

Truth is always eloquent: It is divine, and claiming such an origin, it comes needing no recommendation and seeking not the applause of men. It belongs on high, yet breathes through all the Creator’s works the influences of Heaven, encouraging the humble and moving to good deeds this world’s willful. ...

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August, 1849

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pp. 138-172

Gentle Reader, Norman Campbell is before you. His early promise of beauty and nobleness is more than realised. You mark his commanding form and figure, the noble contour of his head that tells of intellectual strength, of moral greatness and passions all subservient. ...

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September, 1849

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pp. 173-208

“So Robert Hunt has taken himself off?” said Lewis Maynard, joining a group of students assembled on the College grounds at S——. “I don’t wonder; what a deuced pretty rage he got into in the class this morning.” ...

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October, 1849

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pp. 209-242

The stability of all civil and moral institutions, depends upon the intellectual and moral improvement and elevation of the mind.—This position has become an admitted axiom, and needs no argumentation to sustain its truthfulness. But how to attain this and by what means, has been and still is a subject, which elicits much speculation; ...

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November, 1849

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pp. 243-280

The day of trial for Virgil Richland and Norman Campbell came. The former was rejected, the latter admitted; and then did revenge assume a tangible form, and was admitted to Richland’s heart as a precious guest; but he waited the proper time. Years passed on, and his only business was to seek in every possible manner, to sully young Campbell’s rising fame. ...

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December, 1849

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pp. 281-315

There are two grand sources of information from which we may learn our duty, and from which the wise in every age have learned what they ought to do. One is the word, and the other the providence of God. In the one God speaks; in the other he acts. By studying the word, we learn what he has revealed as the rule of faith and obedience ...

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January, 1850

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pp. 316-351

Three thousand copies of Byron’s poems are sold annually in this country. Such a fact affords a sufficient reason for hazarding some remarks on a theme which may well be deemed exhausted.—“My dear sir,” said Dr. Johnson, “clear your mind of cant.”3 This process is essential to a right appreciation of Byron. ...

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February, 1850

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pp. 352-385

In the affairs of this world, men are governed by a wise and safe maxim. It is this—Secure the higher or more important interest first—even, if need be, at the sacrifice of some secondary or minor interest. If this same principle were adopted and applied to man’s immortal interests, ...

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March, 1850

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pp. 386-418

Now is the cold and dreary winter time, and I have not spoken to you since the autumn; it seems to me a long, long time. But hark! there goes that serenade again, and if I could only make my old quill2 dance to the music, how beautifully I would write; but I cannot write when I hear music, ...

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April, 1850

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pp. 419-452

The Apostle intends in this passage to assert the divine origin of religion, and the inspiration of those, through whom it was communicated to man. There are some who consider that reason, in itself, is sufficient to discover the existence and nature of God, and to teach men to yield him a reasonable service. ...

Appendix: The Akron Offering and Moore’s Western Lady’s Book

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pp. 453-458


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pp. 459-466

E-ISBN-13: 9781937378240
E-ISBN-10: 1937378241
Print-ISBN-13: 9781935603535
Print-ISBN-10: 1935603531

Publication Year: 2013