Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History / Edition 3

Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History / Edition 3

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by Rodger Streitmatter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813346304

ISBN-13: 9780813346304

Pub. Date: 12/27/2011

Publisher: Westview Press

In this path-breaking book, Rodger Streitmatter takes readers on a sightseeing tour of American history as influenced by the public press, visiting sixteen landmark events in US history, from the American Revolution and the civil rights movement to Watergate and 9/11. These are events that stir the political imagination; but, as Streitmatter shows, they also

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In this path-breaking book, Rodger Streitmatter takes readers on a sightseeing tour of American history as influenced by the public press, visiting sixteen landmark events in US history, from the American Revolution and the civil rights movement to Watergate and 9/11. These are events that stir the political imagination; but, as Streitmatter shows, they also demonstrate how American journalism, since the 1760s, has not merely recorded this nation’s history but has played a role in shaping it. This book is the first of its kind. Streitmatter avoids the mind-numbing lists of names, dates, and newspaper headlines that bog down the standard journalism history textbook. Instead, he focuses on a limited number of episodes, identifying common characteristics within the news media. The third edition includes an entirely new chapter on social media and the election of Barack Obama. This edition also looks beyond traditional journalistic outlets such as newspapers and television news reports to examine the modern-day role that the Internet and its various venues play in reporting the news and shaping history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813346304
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Edition description:
Third Edition, Third Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Sowing the Seeds of Revolution 1

2 Abolition Turning Americas Conscience Against the Sins of Slavery 17

3 Slowing the Momentum for Women's Rights 32

4 Attacking Municipal Corruption The Tweed Ring 47

5 Journalism as Warmonger The Spanish-American War 63

6 Muckraking The Golden Age of Reform Journalism 80

7 Defying the Ku Klux Klan 94

8 Father Coughlin Fomenting Anti-Semitism via the Radio 110

9 Creating "Rosie the Riveter" Propelling the American Woman into the Workforce 124

10 Exposing Joe McCarthy Television's Finest Hour 139

11 Pushing the Civil Rights Movement onto the National Agenda 155

12 Vietnam War Bringing the Battlefield into the American Living Room 171

13 Watergate Forces the President to His Knees 188

14 Rush Limbaugh Leading the Republican Revolution 202

15 9/11 Failing the American Public 216

16 Electing an African-American President A Case Study in News Media Bias 232

17 How the News Media Have Shaped American History Focusing on the How 246

Notes 257

Bibliography 291

About the Book and Author 297

Index 299

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