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A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution

Carolyn Eastman

Abstract

In the decades after the American Revolution, inhabitants of the United States began to shape a new national identity. Telling the story of this messy yet formative process, this book argues that ordinary men and women gave meaning to American nationhood and national belonging by first learning to imagine themselves as members of a shared public. The book shows that the creation of this American public — which only gradually developed nationalistic qualities — took place as men and women engaged with oratory and print media not only as readers and listeners but also as writers and speakers. It ... More

Keywords: American Revolution, United States, national identity, nationhood, American public, elocution, debating societies, print media, American identity, oratory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226180199
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226180212.001.0001

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Carolyn Eastman, author

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