ERIC Number: ED215347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Antebellum Georgia Publishing Industry: A Group Portrait.
Eberhard, Wallace B.
Using census data from pre-Civil War Georgia at two points in time (1850 and 1860), this paper describes the Georgian publishing industry and profiles those involved in it. Microfilm editions of handwritten documents were scanned to find the names and other data (residence, job title, age, sex, place of birth, and value of property owned) of those involved in any phase of the publishing industry. This profile was then compared to an earlier profile of Wisconsin newsmen obtained for the same two years. Results showed that the publishing industry was fairly widespread in Georgia with 21 out of 94 counties reflecting some activity in 1850, and 37 of 124 counties in 1860. Still, two-thirds of the counties did not have residents who were employed in the publishing business. Most of the people involved were young and were printers, with less than a third employed in the editorial end of production. Publishing was a vocation all but closed to females and included publications such as weekly newspapers, a few dailies, and a range of literary, religious and scientific journals. A comparison of data from Georgia and Wisconsin revealed that by 1860 Wisconsin had outstripped Georgia in the number of publications and people in the publishing industry. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Georgia; Journalism History; Nineteenth Century History
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Meeting of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism (Gainesville, FL, March 20-21, 1982).