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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer

Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle against Slavery
Risley, Vota. Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle Against Slavery. Evanston, 111.: Northwestern University Press, 2008. 229 pp. $24.95.The history of the antislavery movement in antebellum America is very much a history of media because abolitionist...
"Activities among Negroes": Race Pride and a Call for Interracial Dialogue in California's East Bay Region, 1920-31
After authoring a groundbreaking book in 1919 about African-American contributions to California history, Delilah Beasley began in 1923 writing a column, "Activities Among Negroes, "for the Oakland Tribune, detailing the lives of African Americans around...
Between Silence and Self-Interest: Time, Life, and the Unsilent Generation's Coming-of-Age
As the 1950's drew to a close, Time Incorporated had become one of the most influential publishers in America. Both Time and Life, looking to the future, began to examine youth culture, providing ample space for the coming unsilent generation to address,...
Boss-Busters & Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star
Haskell, Harry. Boss-Busters & Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007. 464 pp. $34.95.In this time of failing newspapers and uncertainty about the industry's future, it is wonderful to revisit the days...
Finding and Using African American Newspapers
Pinnick, Timothy N. Finding and Using African American Newspapers. Wyandotte, OkIa.: Gregath Publishing Co., 2008. 71 pp. $25.Finding and Using African American Newspapers, which is useful for both historians and genealogists, has two purposes: How to...
Henry Luce's Anti-Communist Legacy: An Analysis of U.S. News Magazines' Coverage of China's Cultural Revolution
Critics have long accused Henry Luce, a fervent anti-Communist, of using his Time, Incorporated media vehicles, particularly Time magazine, to promote causes and governments which he supported, such as General Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese Nationalist government...
Journalism's Counterinsurgency against "Free Space": The ANPA Anti-Publicity Bulletin, 1921-26
Journalists, disheartened in the decade after World War I by their role in spreading domestic wartime propaganda, attempted to restore press integrity through new, professional principles and practices. These efforts to re-assert the press' standing...
Lincoln's Censor: Milo Hascall and Freedom of the Press in Civil War Indiana
Bulla, David W. Lincoln's Censor: Milo Hascall and Freedom of the Press in Civil War Indiana. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 2008. 340 pp. $39.95.While briefly serving as commander of the District of Indiana in 1863, Brigadier General...
Mightier Than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History
Streitmatter, Rodger. Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History. 2nd ed. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2008. 336 pp. $38In this engagingly written collection of case studies, Rodger Streitmatter demonstrates that journalism...
The Coming of the Frontier Press: How the West Was Really Won
Cloud, Barbara. The Coming of the Frontier Press: How the West Was Really Won. Evanston, 111.: Northwestern University Press, 2008. 270 pp. $24.95.Barbara Cloud, a journalism professor emeritus at the University of NevadaLas Vegas, has emerged from a...
The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America
Buk-Swienty, Tom. The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2008. 349 pp. $27.95.The author of this book, like the subject about whom he so eloquently writes, is from Denmark; yet, as...
The Strange Case of William H. Mumler, Spirit Photographer
Kaplan, Louis. The Strange Case of William H. Mumler, Spirit Photographer. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 264 pp. $24.95.The curious links between the new faith and the old tradition of inquiry are fascinating. Kaplan notes, "Spiritualism...
Uncovering Sources Hidden under Your Nose: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at the University of Georgia
This is the ninth in a series of articles on archival collections of interest to mass communication historians. Readers of Journalism History are invited to suggest collections that they would like to see appear in future articles, and the editors would...
"Voices from the People": Letters to the American Phrenological Journal, 1854-64
This article examines letters sent to the editors of the American Phrenological Journal, a monthly periodical dedicated to the pseudoscience of phrenology. This "rebel medical journal," which existed on the fringes of nineteenth-century American medical...
William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man
Wu, Duncan. William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man. New York Oxford University Press, 2008. 557 pp. $45.Duncan Wu, a professor of English at Georgetown and a long-time William Hazlitt scholar, has produced a masterly biography of Hazlitt, an often-overlooked...
Women in American Journalism: A New History
Whitt, Jan. Women in American Journalism: A New History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008. 189 pp. $25.Newspapers are shrinking, and the staffs of even the biggest newspapers have been reduced. Craigslist has usurped classified advertising;...
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