272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 16 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4663-6
Published: September 1997
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6058-8
Published: November 2000
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About the Author
Richard D. Brown is professor of history at the University of Connecticut. His books include Knowledge Is Power: The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865.
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"This excellent book is illuminating and provocative; it is timely as well. . . . Readers who turn to this book . . . may be assured of acquiring a solid grounding in the origins and complexities of the idea of an informed citizenry."--American Historical Review
"[An] important and timely book."--Journal of American History
"A rich exploration of the connections among ideas of education, citizenship, and political participation in American thought. . . . Will be of great usefulness not only to historians interested in the tensions over democratization in the early American republic but also to those interested in the roots of problems of democracy we still face."--Journal of the Early Republic
"Using a rich variety of primary sources, [Brown] traces the origins of the ideology of an informed citizenry to English beginnings but sees growth of the concept in the age of the American Revolution, refined under the early republic and mobilized during the years before sectional conflict. . . . An important book in the ever-growing fields of book history, printing, and literacy; highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries."--Library Journal
"A superb intellectual history of a subject that, unlike the principle of freedom of the press, has never been explored in a thoroughgoing and systematic way."--College and Research Libraries
"In this rich, wonderfully informative study, Richard Brown traces the emergence and transformation of the idea of an informed citizenry in America."--History of Education Quarterly