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Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance

Ellen Gruber Garvey


Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks—the ancestors of Google and blogging. From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, people cut out and pasted down their reading. This book opens a new window into the feelings and thoughts of ordinary and extraordinary Americans. Like us, nineteenth-century readers spoke back to the media, and treasured what mattered to them. The book reveals a previously unexplored layer of American popular culture, where the proliferating cheap press touched ... More

Keywords: scrapbooks, documenting history, African Americans, women's rights activists, democratic archives, media, scrapmakers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390346
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390346.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Gruber Garvey, author
New Jersey City University