Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring

American Cartoons of the Vietnam Era: A Study of Social Commentary in Films and Television Programs, 1961-1973
Lehman, Christopher P. American Cartoons of the Vietnam Era: A Study of Social Commentary in Films and Television Programs, 1961-1973. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2006. 223 pp. $35.In the celebrated history of American animation, the 1960s and the 1970s...
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Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book: Unmasking the Myth of Modernity
Andrae, Thomas. Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book: Unmasking the Myth of Modernity. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2006. 306 pp. $20.Although the stories that he wrote and drew for Western Publishing between 1943 and 1966 were read by millions,...
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Combat Reporter: Don Whitehead's World War II Diary & Memoirs
Romeiser, John B., ed. Combat Reporter: Don Whitehead's World War II Diary & Memoirs. New York: Fordham University Press, 2006. 246 pp. $26.95.The resources available to study the life of most journalists are extremely limited. Journalists deal in...
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Early Soviet Advertising: "We Have to Extract All the Stinking Bourgeois Elements"
This article unveils the roots of Soviet advertising and the sources for its inspiration, some of which resided in Russian revolutionary visual propaganda as well as in capitalist advertising. It analyzes the 1920s, which was when the idea of socialist...
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From Submarines to Suburbs: Selling a Better America, 1939-1959
Henthorn, Cynthia Lee. From Submarines to Suburbs: Selling a Better America, 1939-1959. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006. 368 pp. $59.95.This well-researched and attractive book analyzes commercial advertising and consumer culture, primarily in World...
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Handbook of Sports and Media
Raney, Arthur A. and Jennings Bryant, eds. Handbook of Sports and Media. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006. 672 pp. $69.95.Editors Arthur A. Raney and Jennings Bryant suggest that "few have attempted to fashion a sports-media collage using the full...
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Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present
McPherson, James Brian. Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006. 256 pp. $139.95.Contemporary historians are accustomed to offering the obligatory disclaimer about the work they do. They routinely admit...
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Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, 4th Ed
Northey, Margot and Joan McKibbin. Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, 4th ed. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2005.178 pp. $19.95.Margot Northey and Joan McKibbin deliver in this book on their promise to help students...
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Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps
Ritchie, Donald A. Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 432 pp. $17.95.The role of the press in informing citizens about the people, process, and events of national policymaking...
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The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory
Romano, Renee C. and Raiford Lee, eds. The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006. 382 pp. $22.95.Renee Romano and Lee Raiford have assembled and contributed to a fascinating collection that helps us recognize...
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The Essentialist Agenda of the "Woman's Angle" in Cold War Washington: The Case of Associated Press Reporter Ruth Cowan
This article explores the paradoxical nature of the woman's angle in journalism in the mid-twentieth century through the prism of Associated Press reporter Ruth Cowan's career. Using her private papers as well as her published work, it analyses how her...
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The Federal Government's Decisions in Suppressing the Japanese-Language Press, 1941-42
This study analysed the federal government's decisions regarding the suppression of the Japanese "enemy language" press in the United States in the early months of World War II. While military officials wanted total suppression, civilian officials insisted...
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The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten
Home, Gerald. The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. 360pp. $24.95.When asked what he thought about the so-called Hollywood Ten, the uncooperative, "unfriendly"...
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The New York Tribune and the 1844 Election: Horace Greeley, Gangs and the Wise Men of Gotham
This article analyzes the New York Tribune's coverage of the 1844 elections, interpreting James K. Polk's narrow victory over Whig candidate Henry Clay from the perspective of the firm of William H. Seward, Thurlow Weed, and Horace Greeley, an influential...
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The Pentagon's Propaganda Windmills: How "Arkansas' Quijote" Tilted against Militarism and Challenged the Marketplace of Ideas in America
Senator J. William Fulbright remains best known for the international exchange program that he started, but for thirteen years of his congressional career, he also was a crusader against the Pentagon's "propaganda machine." This article documents and...
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The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
Roberts, Gene and Hank Klibanoff. The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. 518 pp. $30."If it hadn't been for the media-the print media and television-the civil rights movement...
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Three Years a Soldier: The Diary and Newspaper Correspondence of Private George Perkins, Sixth New York Independent Battery, 1861-1864
Griffin, Richard E., ed. Three Years a Soldier: The Diary and Newspaper Correspondence of Private George Perkins, Sixth New York Independent Battery, 1861-1864. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. 444 pp. $45.George Perkins was a twenty-year-old...
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Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood
Mahar, Karen Ward. Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 336 pp. $45.Think of Hollywood filmmakers of the early twentieth century, and Cecil B. DeMille or D.W.Griffith may come to mind while Alice Guy Blaché,...
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