American Access to Periodical Literature in the Eighteenth Century

By Keith A. Pacholl.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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This paper seeks to examine how Americans accessed periodical print (newspapers and magazines) during the course of the eighteenth century. This study discusses how pervasive periodicals had become in eighteenth-century America by assessing the distribution of periodicals by printers as well as contact with them by interested readers. Libraries, bookstores, taverns, and personal exchange all provided access to periodicals beyond subscriptions, but this process has received minimal attention by prior scholars. This paper will thus seek to explore this important development in greater depth.

Keywords: Periodicals, Newspapers, Magazines, Reading, Libraries

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.71-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 799.356KB).

Prof. Keith A. Pacholl

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia, USA

Keith Pacholl is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of West Georgia. His research explores the influences of the Enlightenment upon religion, class, gender, consumerism, and print culture in Early American society.


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