Technology and Communication in American History Chapter 1

Paper, Printing, and Publishing

  • 1600s -Printing dominated by governments, merchants, and churches
  • Early 1800s -Most books still imported from England
  • 1830s -Domestic publishing industry emerges. Production technology and railroad reduced prices and spread books across the nation


  • Rise of newspapers between 1820-1850. This gave way to more objective newspapers. This process was helped along by better technology (penny press). People were able to develop their own identity through newspaper.


  • By the mid 1850s, photography began to rise with the daguerreotype photographic process. Photography became more common and required less skill. Because of this, photographs became more prominent in newspapers.

Moving Print

  • Post offices facilitated the spread of newspapers and pamphlets.



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