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Institutionalizing the Information Revolution: Debates over Knowledge Institutions in the Early American Republic

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dc.contributor.advisor Zagarri, Rosemarie
dc.contributor.author Oberle, George D.
dc.creator Oberle, George D.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-28T10:20:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-28T10:20:43Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/10388
dc.description.abstract The United States was created in the midst of an information revolution. The leaders of the newly created American republic believed the citizens needed to be educated and informed in order to be effective participants in governing the new republic. A participatory government rested its fortune and authority on the expertise of its citizens to obtain and employ useful knowledge To address this issue, George Washington proposed that the country establish a national university that attract men from all parts of the country and educate them at public expense in the national capital. Subsequently, every president from Washington to John Quincy Adams witnessed a debate over how the country could best facilitate the creation and dissemination of knowledge. At the heart of these debates were questions about what constituted the most important forms of information in a republican polity, who should have access to this knowledge, and how--in what institutional form--the information should be disseminated.
dc.format.extent 309 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 George D. Oberle
dc.subject American history en_US
dc.subject History en_US
dc.subject Early American Republic en_US
dc.subject Information Revolution en_US
dc.subject Knowledge Institutions en_US
dc.subject National Museum en_US
dc.subject National University en_US
dc.subject Smithsonian Institution en_US
dc.title Institutionalizing the Information Revolution: Debates over Knowledge Institutions in the Early American Republic
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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