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Children and Youth in a New Nation$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757420

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.001.0001

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In Franklin’s Footsteps

In Franklin’s Footsteps

News Carriers and Postboys in the Revolution and Early Republic

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Children and Youth in a New Nation

Vincent DiGirolamo

NYU Press

This chapter shows how carriers and post riders of all ages—including very young boys—played an indispensable role in that world-shaking explosion of letters, literacy, and democracy known as the “print revolution.” As both producers and products of this revolution, they helped generate the political tumult that transformed British subjects into American citizens. It tracks the lives and labors of these men through poems, pamphlets, memoirs, local histories, and carriers' addresses—topical verses printed up by newspapers for distribution on New Year's Day. In addition, the chapter emphasizes the significant role of newspapers and journalism in shaping American society during the nation's early years.

Keywords:   news carriers, post riders, print revolution, American Revolution, journalism, newspapers, republic

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