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Introduction

David Paul Nord

in Faith in Reading

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195173116
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835683 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195173112.003.0001

Series: Religion in America

 Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses the origins of religious publishing in America. Religious publishing can be traced back to 1815, through the efforts of missionary and religious tract societies to distribute the Bible and religious tracts. By the first half of the 19th century, scattered local societies had coalesced into national organizations, leading America into the modern era of mass publication and the systematic distribution of printed material. An overview of the chapters in this volume is presented.

Keywords: mass media; history; Bible; missionaries; distribution; publishing; printing

Chapter.  3951 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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