Print Culture in a Diverse America

Author: Edited by James P. Danky and Wayne A. Wiegand
Reading off the beaten track with marginalized Americans and their print cultures
Paper – $34
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1998
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About the Book

In the modern era, there arose a prolific and vibrant print culture—books, newspapers, and magazines issued by and for diverse, often marginalized, groups. This long-overdue collection offers a unique foray into the multicultural world of reading and readers in the United States.

The contributors to this award-winning collection pen interdisciplinary essays that examine the many ways print culture functions within different groups. The essays link gender, class, and ethnicity to the uses and goals of a wide variety of publications and also explore the role print materials play in constructing historical events like the Titanic disaster.

Contributors: Lynne M. Adrian, Steven Biel, James P. Danky, Elizabeth Davey, Michael Fultz, Jacqueline Goldsby, Norma Fay Green, Violet Johnson, Elizabeth McHenry, Christine Pawley, Yumei Sun, and Rudolph J. Vecoli

About the Author

James Danky is a faculty associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and cofounder of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America. He is the coauthor of Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix. Wayne B. Wiegand is F. Williams Summers Professor of Library and Information Sciences and a professor of American studies at Florida State University. He is the coauthor of Books On Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland. Danky and Wiegand coedited Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.


"Each of the essays provides a fascinating insight into a field often ignored by media historians."--Margaret A. Blanchard, Communications Bulletin Quarterly

"Despite the diversity of topics and periods covered in this essay collection, it hangs together well as a book trying to address some neglected areas of research while fitting into an established historiographical framework. . . . I would encourage anyone interested in any aspect of the print culture of the modern United States to pick up this book."--Journal of the Printing Historical Society


Winner of the Carey McWilliams Award given by MultiCultural Review, 1999.