Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, Winter

Advertising on Trial: Consumer Activism and Corporate Public Relations in the 1930s
Stole, Inger L. Advertising on Trial: Consumer Activism and Corporate Public Relations in the 1930s. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006. 290 pp. $25.In Advertising on Trial: Consumer Activism and Corporate Public Relations in the 1930s, Inger...
"An Astonishing Account of CIVIL WAR in North Carolina": Rethinking the Newspaper Response to the Battle of Alamance
This article challenges the myth that the battle of Alamance, a bloody clash in May 1771 between rebellious North Carolina "Regulators" and the colonial administration, was what was popularly believed at the time to be the "first battle of the American...
"Dear Swinton": New York Times Correspondents' Confidential Letters from the Front Lines, 1864-65
This article examines thirty letters written from May 1864 to March 1865 by New York Times correspondents John R. Hamilton and Henry Jacob Winser to their editor, John Swinton. Accompanying their newspaper reports and not meant for publication, they...
Depression, Drink, and Dissipation: The Troubled Inner World of Famous Journalist-Literary Figures and Art as the Ultimate Stimulant
An examination of the lives of 187 famous journalist-literary figures shows that a high proportion of them battled substance abuse and emotional health problems. This pattern fits in with research that shows a close relationship between artistic temperament...
Horace Greeley: Champion of American Freedom
Williams, Robert C. Horace Greeley: Champion of American Freedom. New York: New York University Press, 2006. 440 pp. $34.95.The general outline of Horace Greeley's life is pretty widely known. Born in 1811, he would become a nineteenth-century incarnation...
Journalism, Literature and Modernity: From Hazlitt to Modernism
Campbell, Kate, ed. Journalism, Literature and Modernity: From Hazlitt to Modernism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. 234 pp. $30.One after another, the critics in Journalism, Literature and Modernity repeat the insults that literary culture...
Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media
Godfrey, Donald G., ed. Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media. Mahwah, NJ.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005. 420 pp. $39.95.Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media is an excellent resource for guiding researchers through the complexities...
Northcliffe's Legacy: Aspects of the British Popular Press, 1896-1996
Catterall, Peter, Colin Seymour-Ure, and Adrian Smith, eds. Northcliffe's Legacy: Aspects of the British Popular Press, 1896-1996. London: Macmillan, 2000. 237 pp. $45.19.Northcitffe's Legacy is a collection of nine essays written by scholars in history,...
Re-Imagining the Nation: Revolutionary Media and Historiography in Mesoamerica
Three Mesoamerican revolutionary movements each chose an early twentieth-century hero as their centerpiece for reinterpreting their national histories and constructing images of nations betrayed. Thus, they constructed their fights as the most recent...
Resources for Telling the Stories of Contemporary Women's Page Editors: Archives and Oral Herstories
This is the eighth in a series of articles on archival collections of interest to mass communication historians. Readers of Journalism History are invited to suggest collections that they would like to see appear in future articles, and the editors would...
Serial Murder and Media Circuses
Gibson, Dirk C. Serial Murder and Media Circuses. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006. 233 pp. $39.95.Serial killers attract media attention, which, for better or worse, influences public reaction to the slayings, the police investigations, and perhaps even...
The Idea of a Free Press: The Enlightenment and Its Unruly Legacy
Copeland, David A. The Idea of a Free Press: The Enlightenment and Its Unruly Legacy. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2006. 285 pp. $24.95.For generations of scholars, Fredrick Siebert's Freedom of the Press in 'England, 1476-1776, has been...
The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students
Presnell, Jenny L. The Information-Literate Historian: A Guide to Research for History Students. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. 242 pages. $12.95.Many who teach journalism or communication history are familiar with the "deer in the headlights"...
"The Mississippi Negro Farmer," His Mule, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Racial Portrayals of Sylvester Harris in the Black and White 1930s
In 1934, at the height of the Depression, Mississippi black farmer Sylvester Harris telephoned President Franklin D. Roosevelt and told him that he could not make the mortgage payments on his cotton farm. The president agreed to help stop the foreclosure...
The Postwar Decline of American Newspapers, 1945-1965
Davies, David R. The Postwar Decline of American Newspapers, 1945-1965. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006. 185 pp. $109.95.The Postwar Decline of American Newspapers, 1945-1965 provides a thoughtful overview of significant trends affecting newspapers during...
The Public Press, 1900-1945
Teel, Leonard Ray. The Public Press, 1900-1945. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006. 295 pp. $149.95.This is the fifth in a series on the press in America, edited by James D. Startt and William David Sloan. With the onset of the media age during the book's...
The Republic of Mass Culture: Journalism, Filmmaking, and Broadcasting in America since 1941
Baughman, James L. The Republic of Mass Culture: Journalism, Filmmaking, and Broadcasting in America Since 1941, 3rd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 298 pp. $19.95.By nature, we tend to hit the highlights when teaching history. There...
Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Danky, James P., and Wayne A. Wiegand, eds. Women in Pant: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. 332 pp. $29.95.It would be difficult to exaggerate the...