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Leslie Eckel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669370

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669370.001.0001

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Fuller’s Conversational Journalism: New York, London, Rome

Fuller’s Conversational Journalism: New York, London, Rome

(p.46) Chapter 2 Fuller’s Conversational Journalism: New York, London, Rome
Atlantic Citizens

Leslie Elizabeth Eckel

Edinburgh University Press

Margaret Fuller’s transnational conversations gained political force in the dispatches for the New-York Tribune that chronicled her friendships with European radicals and her involvement in the Italian Revolution of 1848. Modeled on the patterns that she developed as a transcendentalist educator in her Boston ‘Conversations’ series, Fuller’s journalistic dialogues – forerunners of fellow journalist Karl Marx’s dialectical missives – led her to address the nation in print and to urge its citizens to follow cultural developments in other countries. Fuller’s theory of journalism forcefully contradicts Benedict Anderson’s assumption that newspaper writing reinforces the imaginative boundaries of a nation. The United States should never isolate itself, Fuller argues, but rather seek out an ‘American’ spirit abroad and use that energy to renew its own national covenant.

Keywords:   Fuller, Margaret, Marx, Karl, Conversation, New-York Tribune, Revolution, Italy, Journalism, Citizenship

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