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"Isaiah Thomas's Apprenticeship" Public Program
When the Worcester, Massachusetts, printer Isaiah Thomas (1749–1831) donated his collection of early American imprints to found the American Antiquarian Society, he did not include in that donation many books written for children. Yet Thomas was the foremost publisher of children’s literature in his time, and books addressed to child readers at school or at home generated at least a quarter of his press profits. Isaiah Thomas’s own accounts of his career always emphasized his experience as a printer’s apprentice, beginning to set type when he was only six years old. Linking Thomas’s apprenticeship, his juvenile publishing, and his memorializing and collecting practices, in this talk Karen Sánchez-Eppler asserts the importance of children’s labor and ideas of childhood probably for all history, and certainly for American book history.

Jun 8, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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