The Strength of a People: The Idea of an Informed Citizenry in America, 1650-1870

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1997 - History - 252 pages
Thomas Jefferson's conviction that the health of the nation's democracy would depend on the existence of an informed citizenry has been a cornerstone of our political culture since the inception of the American republic. Even today's debates over educatio
 

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Contents

Introduction
xiii
English Subjects and Citizens from the Reformation through the Glorious Revolution
xxi
Freedom and Citizenship in Britain and Its American Colonies
22
Bulwark of Revolutionary Liberty The Recognition of the Informed Citizen
45
Shaping an Informed Citizenry for a Republican Future
81
The Idea of an Informed Citizenry and the Mobilization of Institutions 18201850
115
Testing the Meaning of an Informed Citizenry 18201870
150
Looking Backward The Idea of an Informed Citizenry at the End of the Twentieth Century
192
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About the author (1997)

Richard D. Brown is professor of history at the University of Connecticut. His books include Knowledge Is Power: The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865.

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