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Boston, 1737: The News Milieu


David Paul Nord

(professor of journalism and adjunct professor of history at Indiana University and AAS Mellon Distinguished Scholar)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at 4:30 p.m.
Elmarion Room, Goddard-Daniels House
190 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

PRÉCIS: This paper is about how people used news to make sense of urban life in eighteenth-century America. It explores the intersection of private lives and public spaces in one city at one moment in time: Boston, 1737. Though its population was only about 15,000 in 1737, Boston had already become a city with a rich communication system that generated a multi-layered milieu of news. This news milieu existed in public and private meetings, street chatter and backroom conspiracies, churches and taverns, letters and diaries, petitions and manuscript "publications," pamphlets and maps, newspapers and broadsides, proclamations and sermons, night watchmen crying the weather, and militiamen beating drums.


Refreshments will be provided after the paper, which will be followed by a dutch-treat dinner in Worcester. If you plan to attend, please notify Ann-Cathrine Rapp at AAS no later than Friday, November 28. Email her at arapp[at]

The Society regrets that it is unable to make refunds after that date.

Reservations are suggested (and deeply appreciated) for attending the seminar. Reservations are required to attend the supper.