Journalism History

Publication covering history and analysis of journalism.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring

American Indian Nonfiction: An Anthology of Writings, 1760s-1930s
Peyer, Bernd C., ed. American Indian Nonfiction: An Anthology of Writings, 1760s-1930s. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. 401 pp. $26.95.In 1833, a Pequot, William Apess, published an essay that took direct aim at the injustices inflicted on...
Another Test of the News: American Partisan Press Coverage of the French Revolution
In a pioneering content analysis published in the New Republic in 1920, journalists Walter Lippmann and Charles Merz assessed the New York Times coverage of the Russian revolution. They concluded that the Times' reporters and editors tended to report...
Constructions of Responsibility for Three 1920 Lynchings in Minnesota Newspapers: Marginalization of People, Groups, and Ideas
For decades, Minnesota history books omitted the 1920 lynchings of three black men by a mob in one of the largest cities, and residents seemed to forget or "bury" it. This study explored how initial coverage of the event in seventeen Minnesota newspapers...
Early American Newspapers, 1690-1922, Series 1-5
Readex, Early American Newspapers, 1690-1922, Series 1-5. NewsBank, available at www.newsbank.com/readex/index.Scholars and students of journalism history will find a rich resource of primary sources in Early American Newspapers, 1690-1922. The extensive...
Everyday Women Find Their Voice in the Public Sphere: Consciousness Raising in Letters to the Editor of the Woman's Journal
This article examines letters to the editor published in the Woman's Journal, an eight-page woman's suffrage newspaper published weekly and distributed nationally, from 1870 to 1890. Letters to the editor provide insight into the workers of the movement,...
Freedom from Advertising: E. W. Scripps's Chicago Experiment
Stoltzfus, Duane C.S. Freedom from Advertising: E. W. Scripps's Chicago Experiment. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. 187 pp. $40.The Day Book was a gritty little newspaper in Chicago that debated in 1910. Newspaper owner E.W. Scripps hoped...
From the Battlefront to the Bridal Suite: Media Coverage of British War Brides, 1942-1946
Friedman, Barbara G. From the Battlefront to the Bridal Suite: Media Coverage of British War Brides, 1942-1946. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007. 154 pp. $29.95.Some 70,000 British women married the dashing American soldiers who blanketed...
Picturing the New Negro: Harlem Renaissance Print Culture and Modern Black Identity
Goeser, Caroline. Picturing the New Negro: Harlem Renaissance Print Culture and Modern Black Identity. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007. 320 pp. $34.95.When the Harlem Renaissance movement coalesced in the 1910s and 1920s, African-American...
Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Third Edition
Pan, M. Ling. Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Third Edition. Glendale, Calif.: Pyrczak, 2008. 192 pp. $39.95.Helping students write research papers that are intellectually rigorous and that provide a meaningful...
Same Time, Same Station: Creating American Television, 1948-1961
Baughman, James. Same Time, Same Station: Creating American Television, 1948-1961. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. 460 pp. $35.Writing the history of a new medium provides the opportunity to take stock of the paths not taken, to...
The Enigma Woman: The Death Sentence of Nellie May Madison
Cairns, Kathleen A. The Enigma Woman: The Death Sentence of Nellie May Madison. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007. 295 pp. $25.95.The sensationalist newspaper press of the 193Os is just one of many "characters" in this thoroughly enjoyable,...
The Geography of the Ladies' Home Journal: An Analysis of a Magazine's Audience, 1911-55
This article argues that geography played an important role in shaping the readership of the Ladies' Home Journal in the early and mid-twentieth century. It draws upon circulation records of Curtis Publishing Company and the Audit Bureau of Circulations,...
The Papers of Will Rogers: The Final Years, August 1928-August 1935
Gragert, Steven K. and M. Jane Johansson, eds. The Papers of Will Rogers: The Final Years, August 1928-August 1935. Vol. 5. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006. 683 pp. $49.95.This is the fifth and final volume of the documentary history of American...
The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist
Lauters, Amy Mattson, ed. The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007. 176 pp. $29.95.Rose Wilder Lane lived an interesting life. She traveled extensively, from Europe to Asia, and...
The Southern Literary Messenger, 1834-1864
Minor, Benjamin. The Southern Literary Messenger, 1834-1864. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007. 296 pp. $14.95.In The Southern Literary Messenger, 1834-1864, which was first published in 1905, Benjamin Minor provides a workmanlike history...
"War Is Thundering at Our Very Gates": Texas Newspapers during the Civil War
This article examines the economic and editorial concerns that Texas editors faced during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. It asks two questions: Did the state's geographic distance from most battles make its newspapers immune from the financial and...