"Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News" - Signed by the authors, Todd Andrlik, Dr. Robert Allison, John Bell, and Don Hagist

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Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News


Brand new limited edition, 400 pages, with fold out reproductions of four papers. Published by Sourcebooks. Signed by author and editor Todd Andrlik and three of the contributors, Dr. Robert Allison, John Bell, and Don Hagist.  

Note that, even without the signatures, the limited edition with the fold out pages is no longer available new.

Pictured: Dr. Robert Allison, John Bell, and Todd Andrlik at the Old State House in December 2012 to launch the book. The book that you will own is brand new. I had it signed that evening by Bob Allison, John Bell, Don Hagist, and Todd Andrlik and have kept it, unopened, on a shelf since then, saving it to make it available for you to purchase as a very special gift. It's a large book (10" x 10") and really beautifully done.

Reviews

"{A} distinctive volume on how the American Revolution was presented at the time...the format and presentation provide a useful supplement for those interested in the American Revolution in general or Revolutionary War newspapers in particular. " - Library Journal

"Reporting the Revolutionary War brings an unprecedented look at colonial newspapers detailing the biggest battles, milestones, and major events of the American Revolution. Written by colonists and revolutionaries themselves, these newspapers are a look back in time and tell the story of the battle for independence unlike any version that has been told." - Military Review

"There are few ways for us to document life during the Revolutionary War. The era was before photography, and written primary sources often focus on battles far after the events occurred. This volume gives a snapshot view of the course of the war and of daily life in general. Andrlik, a noted newspaper archivist, shares an extensive collection of rare newspapers, from 1763 to 1783, as well as 60 essays contributed by Andrlik and 37 historians. An associated website, http://beforehistory.com, features a digital archive and educational material. History buffs and students will find much to enjoy in this attractive and informative book. Recommended for all collections." -- Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist

"A coffee-table book with serious substance." - Boston 1775

"Thoughtful, engaging, well-organized and illustrated journey through our independence as reported through the news. It puts a fine point on the distribution of information and news placing newspapers at the top which is even more poignant in this day and age when the demise of physical newspapers appears imminent." - Helena Finnegan

"An impressive cache of primary-source documents, normally the province of scholars, presented here in an entertaining, aesthetically pleasing fashion guaranteed to entice general readers." - Kirkus

"Stunning in both its eye-opening content and its eye pleasing presentation. It has the appearance of a beautiful coffee table book with remarkable photos of some of the most historic front pages in United State's history." - Drew's Marketing Minute

"This is 'you are there' history at its best: 70 essays by modern historians based on eyewitness accounts, battlefield letters and newspaper stories from 1763 to 1783. Cumulatively, the collection lets us see and feel how events unfolded for the people who lived them." - American History

"Private correspondence and battlefield letters accompany newspaper clippings documenting America's fight for independence." - Los Angeles Times (holiday gift guide)

"A unique coffee-table book that compiles reproductions of actual newspaper pages from the era of the American War for Independence, with additional text to provide background and context." - Armchair General Online

"History buffs and students will find much to enjoy in this attractive and informative book. Recommended for all collections." - Booklist

About the Author

Todd Andrlik is curator, historian and publisher of RagLinen.com, an online museum and educational archive of historically significant newspapers dating back to the 16th century. He single-handedly built one of the largest collections of American Revolution-era newspapers. Todd Andrlik is vice president of marketing and PR at one of the nation's largest commercial construction firms.

From the Introduction

There are no photographs of the American Revolution. No snapshots exist to show ordinary life or depict the struggles and suffering of the late eighteenth century. Engravings and oil paintings, made long after the war ended, portray epic battles and heroism but often fail to realistically capture the moment.

Newspapers are the closest thing we have to photos of the Revolution. They transport readers back in time, providing unmatched insight about common life and life-altering events. Despite their small size and lack of headlines, eighteenth-century newspapers pack an intense, concentrated punch and demonstrate the incredible power of the printed word. Through newspapers, we realize that history is much more than a chronological list of battles as we eavesdrop on everyday life and witness everyday realities of the American Revolution through the eyes of the British and the American colonists. The eighteenth-century newspapers presented in this book help us see that history is real life, messy, and exciting. We learn firsthand what many historians claim: without newspapers, there would have been no American Revolution.

Through vivid eyewitness accounts, battlefield letters, and breaking news compiled from hundreds of newspapers-primarily printed from 1763 to 1783 on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean-this story of the American Revolution is unlike any version that has been told. It is raw and uncut, full of intense action, drama, and suspense. From start to finish, these frontline newspapers deliver incomparable insight about America's founding. As a collection, they provide one of the most reliable and comprehensive narratives of the Revolutionary Era, loaded with amazing characters, better-than-fiction plot twists, and the perfect climax. Before these famous and infamous events became the history and foundation of America, they were littered among the news of the day for colonial Americans. Mark Twain wrote "of the wide difference in interest between 'news' and 'history'; that news is history in its first and best form, its vivid and fascinating form; and that history is the pale and tranquil reflection of it."

Reporting the Revolutionary War brings to life precious first drafts of history and lets readers experience the charming rusticity of eighteenth-century newsprint, complete with stains, tears, imperfect ink and paper, typesetting mistakes, misspellings, and grammatical errors that were all typical of the era. Reading Revolution Era newspapers in their original form helps reproduce the same immediacy and uncertainty felt by those who first held them.

With each newspaper, readers gain valuable insight into the social, economic, political, and military histories of the American Revolution. Reading newspapers in their entirety-including advertisements, obituaries, and essays-provides more than a glimpse of all the obstacles and ideas of the period. It creates a 360-degree view of the American Revolution and the formation of the United States.

Another important history lesson to be gained from this book relates to journalism. We live in a time of instant and on-demand news. Journalists and bloggers work frantically around the clock, competing to break news stories before anyone else. Cable news channels and websites stream updated headlines nonstop across their screens. Using Twitter and Facebook, millions of citizen reporters scramble to share the latest news affecting their lives, practically in real time. Despite the debated endangerment of printed newspapers, it is difficult to imagine a time when media were more important. However, 250 years ago, newspapers were the fundamental form of mass media and were more important than in any other time in America's history.

Just as social media helped ignite and organize the Arab Spring revolutions of the Middle East and Northern Africa, colonial newspapers fanned the flames of rebellion, provided critical intercolonial communication during the war, sustained loyalty to the Patriot cause, and aided in the outcome of the war-all of which becomes evident after reading straight from the pages of newspapers. In Reporting the Revolutionary War, readers will see that Americans maintained "Liberty or Death! Join or Die!" attitudes with blood, as well as ink, on their hands. David Ramsay, who twice served as a delegate in the Continental Congress, wrote that "in establishing American independence, the pen and the press had merit equal to that of the sword."

Not only do eighteenth-century newspapers contain the exclusive essays, reports, and advertisements of the day, but they also include reprinted extracts from other primary sources such as private letters, journal entries, official government documents, and war-zone intelligence direct from merchants, travelers, soldiers, officers, and common colonists. They are a proverbial gold mine of information. Since the day the Revolutionary War ended, historians and authors have relied heavily on newspapers as the basis for their own analysis and interpretations of the course of the war. The endnotes of practically every history book about the Revolution are loaded with references to the up-close-and-personal perspectives found in newspapers.

Reporting the Revolutionary War brings to life eighteenth-century newspapers in a firsthand account of America's founding, distinct from the history we receive in high school and university texts. Never before has such a significant collection of American Revolution newspapers been made available to the general public in such color and detail. Never before has access to such an archive been made so easy. And never before has this version of the American Revolution been told.

© Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

A note regarding shipping: Your book will probably be shipped via Media Mail, so if you've ordered shirts in addition to books, you will receive this separately. USPS regulations for Media Mail restrict any correspondence, so while I'd normally include a note of thanks, doing so in this case would violate USPS regulations.


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