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Debating the issues in colonial newspapers : primary documents on events of the period /
David A. Copeland.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
description
xvii, 397 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0313309825 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
isbn
0313309825 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4169030
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-03:
Aimed at complementing course study of Colonial and early revolutionary America, this reader contains 300 chronologically arranged newspaper items, treating 31 subjects. An introduction to newspaper development for the period, chapter prefaces, and headnotes enhance understanding of context and significance. Suggested essay questions guide students in applying their own critical interpretations. Some topics are specific (the Stamp Act crisis), and others more general (religion). Freedom of the press (including the Zenger case) and women's issues are adequately represented, while lesser-known subjects such as medicine and Indian visits to England are included. One might wish for coverage of slavery per se, the frontier/Indian situation of the revolutionary era, the broad impact of the Continental Association, the Regulator movements in the Carolinas, crime and punishment, riots, and daily living. Considering space limitations, however, the subjects and documents are appropriately selected and cogently presented. The book should appeal to students and the wider audience. Recommended for undergraduate and general collections. H. M. Ward; emeritus, University of Richmond
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"Whether students refer to this book for history or science reports, for journalism or debates, all will find in this title a unique and memorable look at what the people who forged a new country thought about the issues affecting their daily lives. Recommended."- The Book Report
"Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers is an excellent source for studying numerous topics of the colonial American period and should be considered for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries."- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œFor the creative high school teacher, this volume can help lead students into discussions of the earliest forms of censorship in this country, analyze the inoculation controversy over a smallpox vaccine or compare legalizing lotteries in Massachusetts. This is a little, but mighty book.'' The GaleGroup
"For the creative high school teacher, this volume can help lead students into discussions of the earliest forms of censorship in this country, analyze the inoculation controversy over a smallpox vaccine or compare legalizing lotteries in Massachusetts. This is a little, but mighty book."- The GaleGroup
'œ...provides a detailed overview of each topic....The requirement of firsthand accounts in history-curriculum standards in many states will make this volume useful for both students and teachers.'' School Library Journal
"...provides a detailed overview of each topic....The requirement of firsthand accounts in history-curriculum standards in many states will make this volume useful for both students and teachers."- School Library Journal
'œRecommended for undergraduate and general collections.'' Choice
"Recommended for undergraduate and general collections."- Choice
'œWhether students refer to this book for history or science reports, for journalism or debates, all will find in this title a unique and memorable look at what the people who forged a new country thought about the issues affecting their daily lives. Recommended.'' The Book Report
"[A]llows journalism, media studies, history, and political science students a firsthand glimpse into the issues that made Colonial America....[O]ne comes away with a clear focus on the issues that fired the Revolution....For those professors looking for a seminar text regarding the role of the press in forming Colonial American public opinion, this is a thorough, 397-page option. Yet Copeland's newspaper background comes through with a short, straightforward writing style that will hold an undergraduate's attention."- American Journalism
'œ[a] worthwhile read for anyone interested in advancing his/her knowledge on the issue of freedom of the press in early North America.'' Smoke & Fire News
"[a] worthwhile read for anyone interested in advancing his/her knowledge on the issue of freedom of the press in early North America."- Smoke & Fire News
'œDebating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers is an excellent source for studying numerous topics of the colonial American period and should be considered for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries.'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œ[A]llows journalism, media studies, history, and political science students a firsthand glimpse into the issues that made Colonial America....[O]ne comes away with a clear focus on the issues that fired the Revolution....For those professors looking for a seminar text regarding the role of the press in forming Colonial American public opinion, this is a thorough, 397-page option. Yet Copeland's newspaper background comes through with a short, straightforward writing style that will hold an undergraduate's attention.'' American Journalism
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Summaries
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Offers the only collection of primary source documents from colonial newspapers on the events and issues of the period.
Long Description
For every major event or issue of the colonial period, newspapers printed the opinions of the day, in many cases attempting to influence public opinion. Issues such as medical discoveries, education, and censorship are covered in this collection along with important events such as the French and Indian War, the trial of John Peter Zenger, and the Boston Massacre. Each chapter introduces the event or issue and includes news articles, letters, essays, even poetry representing both sides of the argument as they affected Americans. Each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction. This is the only collection of primary source documents from colonial newspapers on the events of the era and will be a valuable tool for research and classroom discussion.
Long Description
With this unique collection of primary source documents from colonial newspapers, students will be able to debate the issues of colonial America. Pro and con opinion pieces, letters, essays and news reports that were printed in colonial newspapers will help the reader to understand the differing viewpoints of colonial Americans on the key issues from 1690 to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Nearly 300 documents, organized chronologically by event, will help readers step back in time to debate the issues faced by 18th-century Americans. The work covers 31 events from abolition, religion, and women's rights to the Stamp Act crisis and the Boston Tea Party. For every major event or issue of the colonial period, newspapers printed the opinions of the day, in many cases attempting to influence public opinion. Issues such as medical discoveries, education, and censorship are covered in this collection along with important events such as the French and Indian War, the trial of John Peter Zenger, and the Boston Massacre. Each chapter introduces the event or issue and includes news articles, letters, essays, even poetry representing both sides of the argument as they affected Americans. Each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction. This is the only collection of primary source documents from colonial newspapers on the events of the era and will be a valuable tool for research and classroom discussion.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Newspapers in Colonial Americap. vii
Censorship, Printing Control, and Freedom of the Press, 1690p. 1
The Inoculation Controversy, 1721p. 13
Impartiality, Objectivity, and the Press, 1729p. 26
Attakulakula Visits King George II, 1730: Native American-English Relationsp. 43
The Trial of John Peter Zenger, 1735p. 58
Women's Rights, 1738p. 70
The Stono Rebellion, 1739p. 81
The Great Awakening and George Whitefield, 1739-1745p. 94
Religious Divisions, 1740-1745p. 109
Massachusetts Legalizes Lotteries, 1744p. 123
Medical Discoveries and the Amazing "Chinese Stones," 1745p. 132
Paper Money and the Currency Act, 1751p. 142
The New York Public Education Controversy, 1753-1755p. 154
The Albany Congress, the Plan of Union, and the French and Indian War, 1754-1763p. 165
The Cherokee War, 1759-1761p. 180
The Stamp Act Crisis, 1765-1766p. 192
"No Taxation without Representation," 1765-1766p. 205
The Sons of Liberty, 1765-1776p. 216
Tories versus Patriots, 1768-1775p. 226
Nonimportation Agreements, 1768-1775p. 237
The Boston Massacre, 1770p. 247
Religious Liberty: Baptists Call for Toleration, 1770-1776p. 260
The Somerset Case and the Anti-Slavery Controversy, 1772p. 276
The Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party, 1773-1774p. 288
The Continental Congress, 1774-1775p. 302
The Edenton Tea Party and Perceptions of Women, 1774p. 316
Arguments over Going to War with England, 1774-1776p. 328
Separation from England, 1768-1776p. 340
The Battles of Lexington and Concord, 1775p. 352
Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense, 1776p. 363
The Declaration of Independence, 1776p. 372
Chronology of Eventsp. 383
Selected Bibliographyp. 387
Indexp. 391
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