THE REVOLUTION IN
AMERICAN JOURNALISM IN
THE AGE OF
THE PENNY PRESS
BY BIRTH, education, and marriage, James Fenimore Cooper was an American aristocrat. For him, power and prestige were always near at hand. But he was also an ardent nationalist, a great admirer of Jefferson and even Jackson. His novel The Bravo ( 1831) honored the July Revolution in France. It sought to expose those people in society who were "contending for exclusive advantages at the expense of the mass of their fellow-creatures." 1
The Bravo was written during Cooper's seven-year sojourn in Europe from 1826 to 1833. In that time Cooper developed "a lofty detachment from the fears natural to his own class, and a warm sympathy for the lower classes that in Europe were, and in America might be, deprived of their political rights." 2 But detachment did not last. The America Cooper found on his return seemed far different from the Republic he remembered. Cooper felt that a new breed of individuals
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Publication information: Book title: Discovering the News:A Social History of American Newspapers. Contributors: Michael Schudson - Author. Publisher: Basic Books. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1978. Page number: 12.