The Origins of a Free Press in Prerevolutionary Virginia: Creating a Culture of Political Dissent

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Edwin Mellen Press, 2009 - Political Science - 320 pages
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This manuscript makes a sigificant contribution to the history of the press in the United States by demonstrating the broadening content and increasingly questioning style of newspapers in Virginia. It is well know among historians and journalism specialists that Virginia got a relatively late start with regard to the press and press freedom, but the author demonstrates the several factors that opened things up by the 1760.

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Dr. Mellen is Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University. He completed his doctoral work in History at George Mason University, focusing on colonial Virinia print culture. His M.A. is in Mass Communication from the University of Denver, his B.A. is in Broadcast Journalism from Hampshire College.

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