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Risley, Ford
Civil War journalism / Ford Risley
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, 2012
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 3rd Floor  E609 .R57 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Press coverage
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Journalists
Subject(s) Press and politics -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Journalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Physical Description xvi, 154 p., [11] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Reporting the war -- Illustrations and photographs -- Editorial support and criticism -- Censorship and suppression -- Impact of the war
Summary This book examines newspapers, magazines, photographs, illustrations, and editorial cartoons to tell the important story of journalism, documenting its role during the Civil War as well as the impact of the war on the press. The Civil War was the first American war widely covered by the press, with an estimated 500 reporters from the North and South covering the conflict. Thousands of photographs were taken during the war, and more than 3,000 illustrations and cartoons were published in magazines, along with daily articles and editorials about the conflict as well. As a result, the press played a significant role in the war, just as the war played an important role in the development of the press. The book presents a unique synthesis of the journalism of both the North and South during the war. It features a compelling cast of characters, including editors Horace Greeley and John M. Daniel, correspondents George Smalley and Peter W. Alexander, photographers Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner, and illustrators Alfred Waud and Thomas Nast. The work provides an introductory overview of journalism in the North and South on the eve of the Civil War. The following chapters examine reporting during the war, editorializing about the war, photographing and illustrating the war, censorship and government relations, and the impact of the war on the press. Highlights include: Synthesizes Civil War journalism for the first time ; Examines reporting and editorializing about the war ; Addresses both the Northern and Southern press ; Discusses the role of journalism during the war and impact of the war on the press ;
NOTE 520240
Series Reflections on the Civil War era

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