The Golden Age of the Newspaper (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 300 pages
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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. Douglas tells the story of the great innovators of the American press—men like Bennett, Greeley, Bryant, Dana, Pulitzer, Hearst, and Scripps. He details the development of the bond between newspapers and the citizens of a democratic republic and how the newspapers molded themselves into a distinctly American character to become an intimate part of daily life.

Technological developments in papermaking, typesetting, and printing, as well as the growth of advertising, gradually made possible huge metropolitan dailies with circulations in the hundreds of thousands. Soon journalism became a way of life for a host of publishers, editors, and reporters, including the early presence of a significant number of women. Eventually, feature sections arose, including comics, sports, puzzles, cartoons, advice columns, and sections for women and children. The hometown daily gave way to larger and impersonal newspaper chains in the early twentieth century. This comprehensive and lively account tells the story of how newspapers have influenced public opinion and how public demand has in turn affected the presentation of the news.

  

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Contents

Penny Papers The Printed Word for Democratic Man
1
The Quest for a Real Newspaper
11
Giants of a New Age James Gordon Bennett and Horace Greeley
23
Newspapers Move WestFerment in the South
45
The Civil WarThe Indispensability of News
55
Dana and the New York SunThe News Story as Art
69
Newspapers in the Gilded Age
81
Dangerous Crossroads Pulitzer and Hearst
95
Fantasy and Reality The Newspaper Reporter
157
When the Women Marched In
171
The Newspaper Sage From Our Town to Olympus
191
The Foreign Language Press
209
Tabloids
225
A Bright and Shining Moment
233
Notes
249
Bibliographic Essay
261

The Rise of the New York Times
119
Of Evenings and Sundays and Funnies and Such
131
Newspaper Chains and Press Associations
143

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GEORGE H. DOUGLAS is Professor of English at the University of Illinois.

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