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I. The Early History of Magazines

The first magazines probably developed in seventeenth-century France as catalogue extensions of the book-publishing industry.

A. The First Magazines. Early magazines were channels for political commentary and argument.

B. Magazines in Colonial America. The first colonial magazines appeared in Philadelphiain 1741, about fifty years after the first newspapers.

C. U.S. Magazines in the Nineteenth Century. The idea of specialized magazines devoted to certain categories of readers developed throughout the nineteenth century.

D. National, Women’s, and Illustrated Magazines. With increases in literacy and public education and faster printing technology, a market was created for magazines such asthe Saturday Evening Post, launched in 1821.