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Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse, and: The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications (review)

Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse, and: The Creation of the Media: Political... seem particularly well suited for classroom use, students and scholars alike will profit from this important study of gender, marriage, and family law. Lu cia M cMa hon is assistant professor of history at William Paterson University. She is currently completing a manuscript on early national women's experiences with education and sociability. Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse. By Kenneth Silverman. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Pp. 512. Cloth, $35.00.) The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications. By Paul Starr. (New York: Basic Books, 2004. Pp. 484. Cloth, $27.50; Paper, $16.95.) Reviewed by Richard R. John Neither Kenneth Silverman nor Paul Starr was trained as a professional historian, yet both have written rich and revealing books that, in different ways, deepen our understanding of the multifaceted relationship of culture and communications in the early republic. Silverman, an emeritus English professor at New York University, is a prolific biographer who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for his Life and Times of Cotton Mather. In Lightning Man, Silverman recounts the trials and tribulations of painter and telegraph promoter Samuel F. B. Morse. Silverman's Morse was a Christian patriot driven by an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse, and: The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 27 (1) – Feb 23, 2007

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seem particularly well suited for classroom use, students and scholars alike will profit from this important study of gender, marriage, and family law. Lu cia M cMa hon is assistant professor of history at William Paterson University. She is currently completing a manuscript on early national women's experiences with education and sociability. Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse. By Kenneth Silverman. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Pp. 512. Cloth, $35.00.) The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications. By Paul Starr. (New York: Basic Books, 2004. Pp. 484. Cloth, $27.50; Paper, $16.95.) Reviewed by Richard R. John Neither Kenneth Silverman nor Paul Starr was trained as a professional historian, yet both have written rich and revealing books that, in different ways, deepen our understanding of the multifaceted relationship of culture and communications in the early republic. Silverman, an emeritus English professor at New York University, is a prolific biographer who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for his Life and Times of Cotton Mather. In Lightning Man, Silverman recounts the trials and tribulations of painter and telegraph promoter Samuel F. B. Morse. Silverman's Morse was a Christian patriot driven by an

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Feb 23, 2007

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