When mass literacy was feared by British politicians..


I am currently studying the affects of technology upon the English language, in particular the printing press. I came across this interesting quote:

“..the possibility of mass literacy was feared by British politicians, and when modern literature began to come within the economic reach of ordinary people, church leaders did everything possible to discourage them from reading it. Moreover, with the Stamp Act of 1712, the British government deliberately prevented poor people from reading the news by imposing a heavy tax on newspapers – a tax that was not abolished until 1855.”

For further reading:


  1. Umm Sulaym said,

    March 10, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Very interesting. I can understand the politicians but I wonder why the church leaders were against the masses from reading the news.

    • mogreen88 said,

      March 10, 2014 at 6:12 am

      I would guess same reason: power. Christianity has been played and manipulated by Kings and Priests for years.

      • Umm Sulaym said,

        March 10, 2014 at 6:14 am

        I just felt a secular agenda behind that paragraph so was curious. Would like to know more inshaa’Allah.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: