On Wednesday, October 3, the American Antiquarian Society's regional academic seminar series will hold its first meeting of the year at the AAS's Goddard-Daniels House in Worcester, with a talk by Joseph M. Adelman, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Framingham State University and a former NEH Long-term Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. The series is organized in conjunction with the history departments of Brown University, Clark University, and the University of Connecticut.
The talk is entitled "National Productions: Rebuilding Print Networks in the Confederation Period."
Prof. Adelman has provided the following précis of his talk:
This paper examines the role of printers in the development of a national communications infrastructure during the 1780s. In the wake of the Revolutionary War, Americans began to rebuild their economy and society while at the same time imagining—largely for the first time—just what shape the nation would take. Printers were crucial to that process: at the same time as they rebuilt their own trade, devastated by the war, they expanded rapidly across the Appalachian Mountains and began to cultivate ideas about national literature and politics. In so doing, they worked to convert a communications system that prior to the Revolution had been designed to foment intercolonial opposition to the British Empire into one that instead fostered cooperation among the newly independent states.
We will meet in the Elmarion Room of the Goddard-Daniels House at 5:00 p.m. The house is located at 190 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA, 01609. Ample street parking is available.
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 (at firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than October 1.
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