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Brown, Richard D.

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Works: 35 works in 201 publications in 1 language and 13,800 library holdings
Genres: History  Essays  Case studies  Sources  Encyclopedias  Pictorial works  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator
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Most widely held works by Richard D Brown
Knowledge is power : the diffusion of information in early America, 1700-1865 by Richard D Brown( )

36 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 2,506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores America's first communications revolution--the revolution that made printed goods and public oratory widely available and, by means of the steamboat, railroad and telegraph, sharply accelerated the pace at which information traveled. He describes the day-to-day experiences of dozens of men and women, and in the process illuminates the social dimensions of this profound, far-reaching transformation. Brown begins in Massachusetts and Virginia in the early 18th century, when public information was the precious possession of the wealthy, learned, and powerful, who used it to reinforce political order and cultural unity. Employing diaries and letters to trace how information moved through society during seven generations, he explains that by the Civil War era, cultural unity had become a thing of the past. Assisted by advanced technology and an expanding economy, Americans had created a pluralistic information marketplace in which all forms of public communication--print, oratory, and public meetings--were competing for the attention of free men and women. Knowledge is Power provides fresh insights into the foundations of American pluralism and deepens our perspective on the character of public communications in the United States
The strength of a people : the idea of an informed citizenry in America, 1650-1870 by Richard D Brown( )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 education reform and the need to be competitive in a technologically advanced, global economy are rooted in the idea that the education of rising generations is crucial to the nation's future. In this book, Richard Brown traces the development of the ideal of an informed citizenry in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries and assesses its continuing influence and changing meaning
Massachusetts : a Bicentennial history by Richard D Brown( Book )

9 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Victorian America by Daniel Walker Howe( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery in American society by Richard D Brown( Book )

11 editions published between 1959 and 1976 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modernization : the transformation of American life, 1600-1865 by Richard D Brown( Book )

17 editions published between 1976 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolutionary politics in Massachusetts : the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the towns, 1772-1774 by Richard D Brown( Book )

15 editions published between 1970 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hanging of Ephraim Wheeler : a story of rape, incest, and justice in early America by Irene Quenzler Brown( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1806 an anxious crowd of thousands descended upon Lenox, Massachusetts, for the public hanging of Ephraim Wheeler, condemned for the rape of his thirteen-year-old daughter, Betsy. Not all witnesses believed justice had triumphed. The death penalty had become controversial; no one had been executed for rape in Massachusetts in more than a quarter century. Wheeler maintained his innocence. Over one hundred local citizens petitioned for his pardon--including, most remarkably, Betsy and her mother. Impoverished, illiterate, a failed farmer who married into a mixed-race family and clashed routinely with his wife, Wheeler existed on the margins of society. Using the trial report to reconstruct the tragic crime and drawing on Wheeler's jailhouse autobiography to unravel his troubled family history, Irene Quenzler Brown and Richard D. Brown illuminate a rarely seen slice of early America. They imaginatively and sensitively explore issues of family violence, poverty, gender, race and class, religion, and capital punishment, revealing similarities between death penalty politics in America today and two hundred years ago."--Cover
Taming lust : crimes against nature in the early Republic by Doron S Ben-Atar( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fascinating history examines the circumstances of two elderly New Englanders who were prosecuted and executed for bestiality at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their astonishing cases become a springboard to examine the Enlightenment Era political and religious turmoil of the region
Self-evident truths : contesting equal rights from the Revolution to the Civil War by Richard D Brown( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How did Americans in the generations following the Declaration of Independence translate its lofty ideals into practice? In this broadly synthetic work, distinguished historian Richard Brown shows that despite its founding statement that "all men are created equal," the early Republic struggled with every form of social inequality. While people paid homage to the ideal of equal rights, this ideal came up against entrenched social and political practices and beliefs. Brown illustrates how the ideal was tested in struggles over race and ethnicity, religious freedom, gender and social class, voting rights and citizenship. He shows how high principles fared in criminal trials and divorce cases when minorities, women, and people from different social classes faced judgment. This book offers a much-needed exploration of the ways revolutionary political ideas penetrated popular thinking and everyday practice"--Jacket
Major problems in the era of the American Revolution, 1760-1791 : documents and essays( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Encyclopedia of New England by Robert O'Brien( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Massachusetts : a concise history by Richard D Brown( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery in American society by Lawrence B Goodheart( Book )

16 editions published between 1969 and 1993 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology reflects the sweeping changes of recent years in historians' views of slavery, featuring essays from the growing fields of social history, women's history, and comparative history
Humanitarianism and suffering : the mobilization of empathy( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While humanitarianism is clearly political, Humanitarianism and Suffering addresses the ways in which it is also an ethos embedded in civil society, one that drives secular and religious social and cultural movements, not just legal and political institutions."--BOOK JACKET
The Republican synthesis revisited : essays in honor of George Athan Billias( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The founding of the United States experience, 1763-1815 by Gerry Souter( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This slip-cased collectible provides a unique glimpse into the birth of a nation. Military, political, and social events are explored through the text and audio CD plus 30 facsimile items
Urbanization in Springfield, Massachusetts, 1790-1830 by Richard D Brown( Book )

1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The founding of the United States, 1763-1815 by Gerry Souter( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A unique narrative collection spanning the history of the United States from the French-Indian Wars of the 1760s to the Jacksonian era. Includes reproductions of rare documents and memorabilia
 
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Knowledge is power : the diffusion of information in early America, 1700-1865
Alternative Names
Brown, Richard

Brown, Richard David 1939-

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English (184)

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The strength of a people : the idea of an informed citizenry in America, 1650-1870The hanging of Ephraim Wheeler : a story of rape, incest, and justice in early AmericaMajor problems in the era of the American Revolution, 1760-1791 : documents and essaysMassachusetts : a concise historySlavery in American societyHumanitarianism and suffering : the mobilization of empathyThe founding of the United States experience, 1763-1815The founding of the United States, 1763-1815