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Informed Power

Communication in the Early American South

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$42.00 • £33.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674660182

Publication Date: 04/04/2016


304 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

11 halftones, 4 maps


Alejandra Dubcovsky offers a nuanced interpretation of the ways in which early Americans communicated. She is a master of the primary source evidence and employs her keen analytic abilities to reveal not only that knowledge was power in this early modern world but how it circulated and who it benefited. A groundbreaking work.—Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California

Dubcovsky’s wonderful first book puts information networks at the center of early Southern history. The result is a persuasive, far-reaching, and utterly absorbing reinterpretation of the region’s development and its people’s experiences of power.—Joshua Piker, College of William & Mary

In the flow of messages and information across cultural boundaries, Dubcovsky casts native and colonial relations in a revealing new light.—Alan Taylor, University of Virginia

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