Abstract

Historians have long claimed that the newspaper printers of the American Revolution were instrumental in bringing about Independence. By focusing solely on the written words left behind by these men, however, researchers have erroneously believed the printers belonged exclusively to either the patriot or Tory camps. The masthead symbols chosen by the printers to represent their newspapers offer a more objective measure of their partisan affiliations than a textual analysis of the content. The printers marked major changes in their political ideologies by inserting and deleting political symbols in their newspaper mastheads. This study examines the use and meanings of these engravings, arguing that the symbols best represent the personal views of the printers. The study of masthead designs will help historians better understand Colonial printers and their progress toward their ultimate political affiliation.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Fine Arts and Communications; Communications

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Date Submitted

2009-03-10

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd2801

Keywords

American Revolution, Colonial press, masthead design, engravings, newspaper, Revolutionary printers

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