Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, and Revolutionary Communications in Early America

Hardcover | August 13, 2014

byRuss Castronovo

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Propaganda 1776 reframes the culture of the U.S. Revolution and early Republic, revealing it to be rooted in a vast network of propaganda. Truth, clarity, and honesty were declared virtues of the period - but rumors, falsehoods, forgeries, and unauthorized publication were no less the life'sblood of liberty. Looking at famous patriots like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine; the playwright Mary Otis Warren; and the poet Philip Freneau, Castronovo provides various anecdotes that demonstrate the ways propaganda was - contrary to our instinctual understanding - fundamentalto democracy rather than antithetical to it. By focusing on the persons and methods involved in Revolutionary communications, Propaganda 1776 both reconsiders the role that print culture plays in historical transformation and reexamines the widely relevant issue of how information circulates in ademocracy.

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Propaganda 1776 reframes the culture of the U.S. Revolution and early Republic, revealing it to be rooted in a vast network of propaganda. Truth, clarity, and honesty were declared virtues of the period - but rumors, falsehoods, forgeries, and unauthorized publication were no less the life'sblood of liberty. Looking at famous patriots ...

Russ Castronovo is is Dorothy Draheim Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era; Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States; and Fathering the Nation: American G...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199354901

ISBN - 13:9780199354900

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Printscapes and Propaganda1. State Secrets: Ben Franklin and WikiLeaks2. Memes, Plagiarism, and Revolutionary Drama3. From East India to the Boston Tea Party: Propaganda at the Extremes4. Epistolary Propaganda: Counterfeits, Stolen Letters, and Transatlantic Revolutions5. Aftermath: The Poetry of the Post-RevolutionCodaBibliography