Faith in Reading

Faith in Reading : Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America

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Faith in Reading tells the remarkable story of the unlikely origins of our modern media culture. In the early nineteenth century, a few visionary entrepreneurs decided the time was right to launch a true mass media in America. Though these entrepreneurs were savvy businessmen, their publishing enterprises were not commercial businesses but nonprofit religious organizations. These organizations believed it was possible - through new technology, national organization, and the grace of God - to place the same printed message into the hands of every man, woman, and child in America. Determined to combat ignorance, apathy, and infidelity with the written word, these organizations ended up giving birth to the American mass media.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 20mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0195173112
  • 9780195173116

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...provides compelling insight into the relation of individuals to books at a crucial moment in American publishing * Jennifer Harris, Sharp News *
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About David Paul Nord

David Paul Nord is Professor of Journalism and Adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of American History. Nord's research interests revolve around the history of journalism, religious publishing, and readership. He is author of Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers (2001).
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