Power of the Press

In the late nineteenth century, public education, technological innovations in printing, improvements in distribution, and copyright protections greatly expanded the market for the written word and stimulated a vigorous new era in American literature. The years between the two World Wars saw the emergence of a young cohort of writers who overtly criticized the political economy that gave them the means to reach an unprecedented audience.

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Printing press at the Stone Printing and Manufacturing Company, Roanoke, Virginia.

Roanoke: Davis Photo Company, 1933. (MSS 382-j)

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King’s Views of New York.

New York: Manhattan Post Card Co., ca. 1926. Gift of Benno Janssen (F128.52 .K5 1926)