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What the 99 Percent Read, and What They Did with It, a Hundred Years Ago

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dc.contributor.author Gruber Garvey, Ellen
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-07T17:58:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-07T17:58:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43569
dc.description.abstract Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks-the ancestors of Google and blogging. From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, people cut out and pasted down their reading. Writing with Scissors opens a new window into the feelings and thoughts of ordinary and extraordinary Americans. Like us, nineteenth-century readers spoke back to the media, and treasured what mattered to them. Ellen Gruber Garvey reveals a previously unexplored layer of American popular culture, where the proliferating cheap press touched the lives of activists and mourning parents, and all who yearned for a place in history. Scrapbook makers documented their feelings about momentous public events such as living through the Civil War, mediated through the newspapers. African Americans and women's rights activists collected, concentrated, and critiqued accounts from a press that they did not control to create "unwritten histories" in books they wrote with scissors. Whether scrapbook makers pasted their clippings into blank books, sermon collections, or the pre-gummed scrapbook that Mark Twain invented, they claimed ownership of their reading. They created their own democratic archives. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ *
dc.subject reading, American popular culture, scrapbooks en_US
dc.title What the 99 Percent Read, and What They Did with It, a Hundred Years Ago en_US
dc.type moving image en_US
dc.type.text Other en_US
dc.description.affiliation Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), School of en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US


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