Blue and Gray in Black and White: The Newspapers in the American Civil War

Blue and Gray in Black and White: The Newspapers in the American Civil War

by Brayton Harris
     
 

A lively, far-ranging account of the techniques, tactics and personalities of the news-gathering industry during the War.

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A lively, far-ranging account of the techniques, tactics and personalities of the news-gathering industry during the War.

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Boston Globe
In marshalling this lively account of Civil War reporting, Harris has wisely resisted the temptation to write about the battles themselves, giving only the barest essentials of the action while focusing on the way it was reported.

Perhaps, best of all, Harris leaves the reporters to tell their own story as much as possible. As a New York Herald reporter challenged his readers: "Those who suppose that the labor of a news gatherer upon the battlefield is facile and rapid, should stroll, as I have, over the ground where the dead lie yet unburied, and the survivors expect momentarily to resume the conflict."

Robert B. Sims
Brayton harris has done the near impossible: written an erudite, well researched, informative book about the Civil War that covers a topic not yet addressed by the countless authors and historians who have been captivated by this crucial period in the life of our nation.
Former deputy press secretary for foreign affairs at the White House and assistant secretary of defense for public affairs
Booknews
A journalist reports on the stories, political philosophies, relations with the military, and censorship of the popular press during the US Civil War. Includes illustrations of printers among the Union soldiery, battles from Federal and Confederate perspectives, Winslow Homer's "Sharpshooter," and "schizophrenic" depiction of blacks. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574881653
Publisher:
Potomac Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.28(d)

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Robert B. Sims
Blue & Gray in Black & White is an exploration of the individual and collective efforts of journalists assigned to newspapers during the Civil War. It focuses on the personalities, politics, and rivalries of editors; the efforts of newspapers to influence military appointments, strategy, and tactics; advances in printing technology; formal and informal censorship; the suppression of dissident newspapers; and, most of all, the war correspondents themselves. These writers and illustrators demonstrated a basic truth borne out in every war since: an unfettered, honest journalist is a burden to an army in the field, anathema to the seat of government, and vital to a democratic society.

Brayton Harris has done the near impossible: written an erudite, well-researched, informative book about the Civil War that covers a topic not yet addressed by the countless authors and historians who have been captivated by this crucial period in the life of our nation. And his book is really interesting, especially to anyone who has ever worked on a newspaper, dealt with a war correspondent, pondered about the objectivity of news from the front, or wondered if military journalism of that era was as influential on public opinion as it is today.
Robert B. Sims, former deputy press secretary for foreign affairs at the White House and assistant secretary of defense for public affairs

Bernard E. Trainor
To understand today's distrustful relationship between the military and reporters of the popular press, Blue & Gray in Black & White is a must. It all started with the Civil War, the public's right to know vs. the need for operational security-the mantra of the military. The line in the sand between the two was drawn in the 1860s and extends to this very day in the Balkans.
Lt.. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (Ret.) and former military correspondent to the New York Times

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