Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America / Edition 1

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Overview

Today video clips and photojournalism dominate our news sources, but in the second half of the nineteenth century, the pictorial newspaper brought events and personalities alive for a hungry public. In this wonderfully illustrated book, Joshua Brown shows that the wood engravings in the illustrated newspapers of Gilded Age America were more than quaint predecessors to our own sophisticated media. As he tells the history and traces the influence of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, with relevant asides on Harper's Weekly, the New York Daily Graphic and others, Brown recaptures the complexity and richness of pictorial reporting. He finds these images to be significant barometers for gauging how the general public perceived pivotal events and crises - the Civil War, Reconstruction, important labor battles, and more - and uses them as a rewarding source for understanding the era.
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Eric Foner
Beyond the Lines offers the most imaginative reading I have seen of 19th century visual journalism. The book illuminates in highly original ways how Gilded Age engravers both shaped and reflected popular views regarding race, ethnicity, and labor strife.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520248144
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 385
  • Sales rank: 1,100,107
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Brown is Executive Director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is coauthor of the interactive CD-ROMs Who Built America? From the Great War of 1914 to the Dawn of the Atomic Age (2000) and Who Built America? From the Centennial Celebration of 1876 to the Great War of 1914 (1993), and visual editor of the groundbreaking Who Built America? textbook (1990, 2000), in addition to his many other documentaries, digital programs, essays, illustrations, and cartoons.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Terms
Introduction 1
1 Pictorial Journalism in Antebellum America 7
2 Illustrating the News 32
3 Constructing Representation, 1866-77 60
4 Balancing Act, 1866-77 103
5 Reconstructing Representation, 1866-77 131
6 Balancing the Unbalanceable, 1878-89 170
Epilogue 233
Notes 244
Bibliography 323
Index 345
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