Revolutionary Networks: Lecture with Joseph Adelman: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763 – 1789

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Wednesday, September 18
5:30pm: Reception
6:00pm – 7:30pm: Lecture with Joseph M. Adelman, Department of History, Framingham State University

Hosted by the Program in Early American Economy and Society


During the American Revolution, newspapers, pamphlets, almanacs, and broadsides played a crucial role as a forum for public debate. In Revolutionary Networks, Joseph M. Adelman argues that printers were artisans who mingled with the elite but labored in a manual trade, and that they used their connections to shape Revolutionary political ideology and mass mobilization. At the same time, printers balanced political beliefs with the commercial interests of their businesses, the customs of the printing trade, and the prevailing mood of their communities. Drawing on a database of 756 printers active during the Revolutionary era, along with a rich collection of archival and printed sources, Adelman surveys printers’ networks and explains how they played a vital role in the progress of the Revolution and creation of a new republic.