American Mass-Market Magazines

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DEBOW'S REVIEW

One of the leading magazines of the Old South, DeBow's Review promoted and defended Southern institutions and aspirations--economic, social, political, intellectual. 1 Although it ceased publication in 1880, its importance is still being felt: it is the premier source of information on antebellum Southern life and attitudes and the changes effected by the war. 2

The inspiration for DeBow's was the Commercial Convention of the Southern and Western States that was held in Memphis in 1845 and presided over by John C. Calhoun. The central message of the convention was that the South, far behind the North in prosperity, could best close the gap not by engaging in politics but by exploiting its resources. At the convention was a young secretary named James Dunwoody Brownson DeBow, who was so impressed by this idea that he decided to found a magazine that would promote it. 3

Although DeBow was young--he had been born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1820--he was by no means callow. Left an orphan and in poverty at sixteen, he managed largely by his own efforts to continue his education beyond the public school, first at Cokesbury College, a small labor school, then at the College of Charleston, where he finished his studies in three years and graduated in 1843 at the head of his class. He was so diligent in his studies that his fellow students called him "Old DeBow." 4 After considering careers in religion, politics, and the law, he turned to journalism, publishing a series of articles in the Southern Quarterly Review and becoming its associate editor. The most notable of these articles was "The Northern Pacific; California, Oregon, and the Oregon Question," which, in addition to being widely discussed in the United States, found its way into Europe, where it was discussed by statesmen in Great Britain and France. 5 DeBow now had some critical respect and was ready to move on. In January of 1846, inspired by the commercial convention, he established his

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American Mass-Market Magazines
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • A 3
  • The American Farmer 3
  • American Heritage 7
  • American Magazine and Historical Chronicle 12
  • American Mercury 13
  • The American Whig Review 18
  • Argosy 29
  • Atlantic Monthly 32
  • C 47
  • Changing Times 47
  • The Columbian Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine 58
  • Cosmopolitan 78
  • Crawdaddy 88
  • D 95
  • Debow's Review 95
  • E 103
  • F 119
  • G 131
  • H 149
  • Health 152
  • High Times 161
  • Home Mechanix 165
  • Horizon 170
  • I 177
  • K the Kiplinger Magazine. See Changing Times 181
  • L 193
  • Liberty 195
  • Life 207
  • Lippincott's Magazine 213
  • Littell's Living Age 222
  • Look 225
  • M 235
  • Mcclure's Magazine 247
  • N 271
  • National Police Gazette 284
  • Niles' Weekly Register 329
  • O 341
  • P/Q 349
  • Parade 349
  • People Weekly 359
  • Playboy 367
  • Playgirl 375
  • Popular Science: the What's New Magazine 385
  • Prevention Magazine 399
  • Psychology Today 404
  • R 419
  • Reader's Digest 425
  • Rolling Stone 442
  • S 445
  • Saturday Review 452
  • Scribner's Magazine 458
  • The Smart Set 467
  • Smithsonian 474
  • Sunset 479
  • T 491
  • Travel-Holiday 507
  • True Story 510
  • Tv Guide 519
  • U 529
  • Usa Weekend 531
  • U.S. News and World Report 534
  • V 547
  • Vanity Fair 547
  • Village Voice 551
  • Vogue 556
  • W 561
  • Index 585
  • Contributors 605
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