Academic journal article Journalism History

American Datelines: Major News Stories from Colonial Times to the Present

Academic journal article Journalism History

American Datelines: Major News Stories from Colonial Times to the Present

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Cray, Ed, Jonathan Kotler, and Miles Beller, eds. American Datelines: Major News Stories from Colonial Times to the Present. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003. 412 pp. $27.95.

My interests in both journalism and history were kindled as a child when I discovered a cache of old newspapers in my grandparents' cedar chest. The yellowed editions were not only my first exposure to major events of the twentieth century but also to lesser-known occurrences that were, for sometimes unclear reasons, important to my family. I was reminded of this while rezding Amencan Datelines. An update of the editors' 1990 first edition, the book is an eclectic mix of newspaper articles ranging from AIDS to Zenger, popular culture to politics, Dr. Salk to Dr. Seuss.

To be sure, Ameriam Datelines adequately covers major events in the governmental and political realms. The book also includes articles familiar to many media historians, such as Ernie Pyle's dispatch from Italy on the death of Capt. Waskow and the report of Nellie Bly's return from her trip around the world. However, the book is not a collection of articles deemed to be part of the journalistic hall of fame but rather an "attempt to sketch the American adventure using contemporary newspaper accounts." As a result, it includes a number of surprises, including the first publication of "Casey at the Bat" in Hearst's San Francisco Examiner, Brooks Atkinson's New York Times review of the opening of "Porgy and Bess," and a Louella Parsons column on the marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio.

The book has particularly strong selections on the Civil War, in part because of the editors' method of choosing stories from papers located close to the actual events. …

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