Journalism History

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall

A Series of Fortunate Events: Why People Believed Richard Adams Locke's "Moon Hoax"
In August 1835, the New York Sun published a series that came to define for media historians the sensational nature of penny-press news when Richard Adams Locke's story of the discovery of life on the moon captured national attention. What seems to contemporary...
Centuries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism
Ferreira, Leonardo. Centuries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006. 332 pp. $29.95.In Centuries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism, Leonardo Ferreira argues that the story of Latin American...
Finding a Market for Suffrage: Advertising and the Revolution, 1868-70
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony's The Revolution (1868-70) is a central text in the history of the woman suffrage movement, but the contentious weekly also was part of a highly competitive nineteenth-century publishing market. This article...
George Gallup in Hollywood
Ohmer, Susan. George Gallup in Hollywood. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. 284 pp. $24.50.Susan Ohmer's gracefully written and carefully argued scholarship fills voids in the histories of survey research, audience research, and film marketing...
Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization
Margolies, Daniel S. Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006. 340 pp. $50.The cliché goes something like, "They don't make (men) (women) like (him) (her)...
Marcus Garvey's Trial for Seditious Libel in Jamaica
In the period after Marcus Garvey's return to Jamaica from the United States, the civil rights leader was welcomed as a hero by the poorer classes but was viewed with suspicion by the authorities, who feared his popularity and his reputation. In 1930,...
Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico
Hughes, Sallie. Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006. 286 pp. $24.95.Do you know who Carlos Slim is? Most people do not. A Mexico City-based telecommunications tycoon, he...
North vs. South: Chicago Defender Coverage of the Integration of Professional Baseball in the City
This article examines the integration of the Chicago Cubs as it was anticipated, chronicled, and contextualized by the Chicago Defender, the city's largest black newspaper during the 1950s. The Cubs' additions of Ernie Banks and Gene Baker late in the...
Rules of the Game
Hoerschelmann, Olaf. Rules of the Game. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006. 208 pp. $24.95.In Rules of the Game, Olaf Hoerschelmann addresses a seldom-debated yet certainly viable question: Why do scholars treat with "disdain and dismissal"...
Spreading the Word: A History of Information in the California Gold Rush
Stillson, Richard T. Spreading the Word: A History of Information in the California Gold Rush. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. 274 pp. $55.Setting out to seek gold in the West required an enormous act of faith-or rather many acts of faith-to...
The Man Time Forgot: A Tale of Genius, Betrayal, and the Creation of Time Magazine
Wilner, Isaiah. The Man Time Forgot: A Tale of Genius, Betrayal, and the Creation of Time Magazine. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. 260 pp. $26.95.Henry R. Luce lived a long life, and Time quite rightly had become associated exclusively with him in the...
The Selling of Civil Rights: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Use of Public Relations
Murphree, Vanessa. The Selling of Civil Rights: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Use of Public Relations. New York: Roudege, 2006. 144 pp. $95.Opening a new discussion of the civil rights movement is difficult, given the extensive...
The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms
Campbell, W. Joseph. The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms. New York: Routledge, 2006. 317 pp. $29.95.The title of W. Joseph Campbell's latest book on the Yellow Press period probably over-promises. 1897 is likely...
Total Cold War: Eisenhower's Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad
Osgood, Kenneth. Total Cold War: Eisenhower's Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006. 512 pp. $45.Cold War propaganda was no secret, but in Total Cold. War: Eisenhower's Secret Propaganda Battle at Home...
"We Must Not Forget That We Are Dealing with a Woman": Jane Grant's Return to a Magazine and a Cause
When Jane Grant divorced Harold Ross in 1929, it appeared her involvement in The New Yorker, which she had helped him found, would end. Yet her risk-taking nature, problem-solving skills, and financial stake in the magazine inspired her to lead a 1942...
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