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By Ellen Gruber Garvey

women and men one hundred fifty years in the past grappled with info overload through making scrapbooks-the ancestors of Google and running a blog. From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, humans reduce out and pasted down their analyzing. Writing with Scissors opens a brand new window into the emotions and concepts of normal and remarkable american citizens. Like us, nineteenth-century readers replied to the media, and valuable what mattered to them.

In this groundbreaking booklet, Ellen Gruber Garvey unearths a formerly unexplored layer of yank pop culture, the place the proliferating reasonable press touched the lives of activists and mourning mom and dad, and all who yearned for a spot in historical past. Scrapbook makers documented their emotions approximately momentous public occasions reminiscent of dwelling during the Civil battle, mediated throughout the newspapers. African americans and women's rights activists gathered, focused, and critiqued money owed from a press that they didn't keep watch over to create "unwritten histories" in books they wrote with scissors. even if scrapbook makers pasted their clippings into clean books, sermon collections, or the pre-gummed scrapbook that Mark Twain invented, they claimed possession in their analyzing. They created their very own democratic archives.

Writing with Scissors argues that individuals have lengthy had a powerful own dating to media. Like newspaper editors who enthusiastically "scissorized" and reprinted beautiful goods from different newspapers, scrapbook makers handed their examining alongside to relatives and group. This e-book explains how their scrapbooks underlie our present-day methods of considering details, information, and what we do with it.

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