Public Program- David Paul Nord

Lectures and Performances
Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 7:30pm

"The World Has Gone to Reading": How Nineteenth-Century Religious Publishers and Readers Learned to Use the New Mass Medium of Print
by David Paul Nord

 Faith in Reading, book cover
In this program, David Paul Nord will discuss his new book Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America, 1790-1860. During the early nineteenth century, a few entrepreneurs decided the time was right to launch true mass media in America. Though these entrepreneurs were savvy businessmen, their enterprises were not commercial businesses; they were nonprofit religious publishing organizations. And they were remarkably successful, churning out millions of Bibles, tracts, religious books, and periodicals.

David Paul Nord is professor of journalism and adjunct professor of history at Indiana University. He is also associate editor of the Journal of American History. He is the author of Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers and is the co-editor with Joan Shelley Rubin and Michael Schudson of The Enduring Book: Publishing in Post-War America, the forthcoming fifth volume in the American Antiquarian Society's A History of the Book in America.

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