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ERIC Number: ED163515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 26
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Hannah Bunce Watson: Patriot Printer in the American Revolution.
Henry, Susan
Although Hannah Watson had had little printing training prior to her husband's unexpected death, she assumed his job as publisher of the "Connecticut Courant" newspaper, a vehement advocate of the patriot cause, for 16 months during the Revolutionary War. In spite of problems such as wartime printing shortages, the burning and reconstruction of the paper mill, inflation, and the responsibility of settling her husband's estate, Watson's paper was financially successful and maintained a patriotic editorial policy that reminded readers of the war and the principles behind it in every issue. The paper supplied battle descriptions from all of the colonies, analyses of significant events, and news of British home events and criticisms of Parliament, while calling for colonist support and economic sacrifice. Excluding advertising and short local items, the paper carried only nine nonpolitical articles during this period. When Hannah Watson married a successful businessman, she turned over her position and property to him and retired to private life and the newspaper assumed a conservative editorial policy. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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