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

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574881653
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 365
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction: The War Correspondent 1
2 State of the Art 3
3 Rehearsals 19
4 Sumter 41
5 An Age of Innocence 51
6 A Battle Too Soon 67
7 Bull Run Russell 89
8 Sedition and Suppression: North 97
9 Sedition and Suppression: South 109
10 Modus Scribendi 119
11 Washington 137
12 Command and Control 149
13 The Summer of '62 161
14 A Matter of Color 187
15 The Press Reports a Battle: Fredericksburg, I 205
16 The Press Reports a Battle: Fredericksburg, II 223
17 The Other War 239
18 Transitions, 1863 253
19 The Poet as Historian, I 267
20 Watershed 277
21 The Poet as Historian, II 287
22 Endgame 303
23 Coda 317
Notes and Sources 325
Selected Bibliography 347
Index 355
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