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Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, and Revolutionary Communications in Early America

Russ Castronovo


This book considers the extent to which the dispersal and circulation—indeed, the propagation—of information and opinion across the various media of the eighteenth century helped speed the flow of transatlantic republicanism. Long a pejorative word since its associations with flag—waving and jingoism, propaganda would hardly seem a useful concept for understanding democracy. After all, spreading false information, manipulating citizens, and other propaganda techniques are preferred by totalitarian states, not democratic ones. This book questions such conventional wisdom by examining how the fo ... More

Keywords: propaganda, propagation, American Revolution, republicanism, networks, print culture, democratic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199354900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russ Castronovo, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison