What was one of the key developments in the accelerating popularity of newspapers among the general public in the second half of the 19th century?

Answer: The work of German-born American Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854-1899) who invented a method of typesetting. He travelled to the US in 1872 and, between 1876 and 1886, developed the first linotype machine for casting hot metal type in complete lines.

Source: The History of America by Paul Johnson; General Historical Texts

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