SIDNEY I. POMERANTZ
THE IMPORTANCE of newspaper propaganda in the creation of certain desired emotional attitudes and behavior patterns needs no elaboration;1 but the role of the newspaper in the shaping of historic events calls for further study.2 This is true of the period of the American Revolution, for which there is no dearth of primary sources, though only within recent years have competent studies appeared.3 The loyalists counted heavily on newspaper propaganda, as did their opponents; but in this study merely a limited phase of this activity will be examined--the patriot newspaper in the New York-New Jersey area during the actual period of hostilities. Though restricted in scope, the value of such a specialized inquiry rests on the fact that the patriot printers of these two states had the twofold task of meeting the challenge of Tory propaganda emanating from the British-held city of New York and of operating in a region of great strategic importance.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Era of the American Revolution:Studies Inscribed to Evarts Boutell Greene. Contributors: Richard B. Morris - Editor. Publisher: Columbia University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 305.