Print Culture in a Diverse America
Edited by James P. Danky and Wayne A. Wiegand University of Illinois Press, 1998 Library of Congress PN4882.P75 1998 | Dewey Decimal 302.22440973
In the modern era there arose a prolific and vibrant print culture--books,
newspapers, and magazines issued by and for diverse, often marginalized,
groups. This long-overdue collection offers a unique foray into the multicultural
world of reading and readers in the United States.
Interdisciplinary essays examine the many ways print culture functions
within different groups; they link gender, class, and ethnicity to the
uses and goals of a wide variety of publications; and they explore the
role print materials play in constructing certain historical events, such
as the Titanic disaster.
The use of print to challenge prevailing ideas and conventions has a long history in American public life. As dissenters in America sought social change, they used print to document, articulate, and disseminate their ideas to others. Protest always begins on the margins, but print is the medium that allows it to reach a larger audience. In Protest on the Page, scholars in multiple disciplines offer ten original essays that examine protest print culture in America since 1865. They explore the surprising range of dissidents who enlisted print in their causes—from vegetarians and anarchists at the advent of the twentieth century, to midcentury evangelicals and tween comic book readers, to GIs and feminists in the 1970s–80s. Together they demonstrate that print has never been a neutral medium, but rather has been instrumental in shaping the substance of protest and its audiences.
Women readers, editors, librarians, authors, journalists, booksellers, and others are the subjects in this stimulating new collection on modern print culture. The essays feature women like Marie Mason Potts, editor of Smoke Signals, a mid-twentieth century periodical of the Federated Indians of California; Lois Waisbrooker, publisher of books and journals on female sexuality and women's rights in the decades after the Civil War; and Elizabeth Jordan, author of two novels and editor of Harper's Bazaar from 1900 to 1913. The volume presents a complex and engaging picture of print culture and of the forces that affected women's lives in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Published in collaboration among the University of Wisconsin Press, the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America (a joint program of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society), and the University of Wisconsin–Madison General Library System Office of Scholarly Communication.