David Paul Nord offers a lively and wide-ranging discussion of journalism as a vital component of community. In settings ranging from the religion-infused towns of colonial America to the rapidly expanding urban metropolises of the late nineteenth century, Nord explores the cultural work of the press.
The following books cover the broad sweep of history in telling the story of newspapers in America.
Newspapers have been a central force in American mass media, and the 20th century witnessed newspapers take on an enormous importance in the dissemination of information and opinions throughout society. From the original small-town newspapers and daily tabloids to the growth of "national" newspapers and the alternative press, the nation's newspapers have reflected and shaped changes in American society. Wallace examines the significant trends in American newspaper journalism, including the proliferation of wire services, the development of the African-American press, investigative reporting, and the digital revolution.
With a continued emphasis on interpretation and analysis,The Press and America remains the classic authority on the history of mass media in the United States. The Press and America traces how major events in U.S. history were covered by reporters, editors and broadcasters and how other writers, advertisers and advocates influenced and continue to influence events in this country.
This book is an account of the techniques, tactics, and personalities of the news-gathering industry during the American Civil War. This cataclysmic event accelerated the transformation of the content of newspapers from pallid literature and opinion to robust, partisan reporting of vital events, real and imagined. The written record, however, is only part of the story. Much of the impact of Civil War journalism derives from its illustrations, and twenty-two examples of these are reproduced here.
The following titles discuss specific eras in the development of American journalism.
In this book, scholar and journalist David A. Copeland provides a comprehensive discussion of the character and content of the news that ran in British American newspapers from their beginning in 1690 to the end of colonial era.
From the arrival of the penny papers in the 1830s to the coming of radio news around 1930, the American newspaper celebrated its Golden Age and years of greatest influence on society. Born in response to a thirst for news in large eastern cities such as New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, the mood of the modern metropolitan papers eventually spread throughout the nation.
Infamous Scribblers is an exploration of the most volatile period in the history of the American press. Eric Burns tells of Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and Sam Adams, the leading journalists among the Founding Fathers; of George Washington and John Adams, the leading disdainers of journalists; and Thomas Jefferson, the leading manipulator of journalists. These men and the writers who abused and praised them in print included the incendiary James Franklin, Ben's brother and one of the first muckrakers; the high minded Thomas Paine; the hatchet man James Callender, and a rebellious crowd of propagandists, pamphleteers, and publishers.
Sidney Kobre examines the 'Second Revolution' of the American press from 1865 to 1900 as American newspapers grew and changed in response to the urbanization and industrialization of the post-Civil War period.