American Datelines: An Anthology of Journalism in America

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Library Journal
This book is a compilation of more than 150 newspaper stories and editorials representing the immediate coverage of some of the most famous events in U.S. history. Each article is prefaced with a blurb on the historical event, the writer, and the periodical. Events, presented chronologically, include the Boston Tea Party, the fall of the Alamo, the death of Lou Gehrig, the assassination of John Kennedy, and Watergate. alWriters include John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Mark Twain, Ring Lardner, Ernie Pyle, and John Steinbeck. It has been said that journalism is the first rough draft of history; these clippings reveal much about American history as well as the process of journalism. Obviously, the volume is not comprehensive (many important events have been neglected), but the selection appears to be representative of some of the best spot news coverage. Lots of fun and informative reading, especially for journalism and history buffs. See also The Cover Story Index, 1960-1989 , reviewed below.--Ed.-- Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svces. , Wondervu, Col.
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YA-- A history of America explored through 140 newspaper articles. The articles, ranging from an account in the Boston News Letter of 1704 concerning pirates off the coast of Rhode Island to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill as reported in the Anchorage Daily News , have been compiled in chronological order, and together they show the rich mosaic of American history. In order to help YAs better understand each article, the authors have included a brief background sketch of the events. This singular approach to history will be enjoyed not only by students of American history and culture but also by journalism students, who will be able to witness the changes in journalistic writing from the narrative style of the early years to the concise style of today.--Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Presents 140 noteworthy newspaper stories, organized chronologically, spanning almost 300 years. The articles were selected because of the significance of the event they describe or because they have in themselves become famous pieces of journalism. Coverage encompasses a wide range of subjects, including politics, popular culture, and the fine arts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816020331
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/10/1990
  • Pages: 400

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