Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia

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Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1999 - History - 231 pages
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During World War II, the civilian Office of Censorship supervised a huge and surprisingly successful program of news management: the voluntary self-censorship of the American press. In January 1942, censorship codebooks were distributed to all American newspapers, magazines, and radio stations with the request that journalists adhere to the guidelines within. Remarkably, over the course of the war no print journalist, and only one radio journalist, ever deliberately violated the censorship code after having been made aware of it and understanding its intent.

Secrets of Victory examines the World War II censorship program and analyzes the reasons for its success. Using archival sources, including the Office of Censorship's own records, Michael Sweeney traces the development of news media censorship from a pressing necessity after the attack on Pearl Harbor to the centralized yet efficient bureaucracy that persuaded thousands of journalists to censor themselves for the sake of national security. At the heart of this often dramatic story is the Office of Censorship's director Byron Price. A former reporter himself, Price relied on cooperation with--rather than coercion of--American journalists in his fight to safeguard the nation's secrets.

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User Review  - rsubber - LibraryThing

Holton offers a backstory to the drive by Virginia's elite political leaders to support rebellion against England and the Declaration of Independence. He argues that Indians, slaves, merchants and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Margaret Carmel - Goodreads

I was assigned this book for my American History class. I liked how it showed another perspective on the common story of the American Revolution. Lots of interesting stories and background information ... Read full review

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Woody Holton is assistant professor of American history at the University of Richmond.

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