Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism / Edition 1 by Eric Burns | 9781586484286 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism / Edition 1

Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism / Edition 1

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by Eric Burns
     
 

ISBN-10: 1586484281

ISBN-13: 9781586484286

Pub. Date: 02/12/2007

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Infamous Scribblers is a perceptive and witty exploration of the most volatile period in the history of the American press. News correspondent and renonwned media historian Eric Burns tells of Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and Sam Adams—the leading journalists among the Founding Fathers; of George Washington and John Adams, the leading disdainers of

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Infamous Scribblers is a perceptive and witty exploration of the most volatile period in the history of the American press. News correspondent and renonwned media historian Eric Burns tells of Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and Sam Adams—the leading journalists among the Founding Fathers; of George Washington and John Adams, the leading disdainers of journalists; and Thomas Jefferson, the leading manipulator of journalists. These men and the writers who abused and praised them in print (there was, at the time, no job description of "journalist") included the incendiary James Franklin, Ben's brother and one of the first muckrakers; the high minded Thomas Paine; the hatchet man James Callender, and a rebellious crowd of propagandists, pamphleteers, and publishers. It was Washington who gave this book its title. He once wrote of his dismay at being "buffited in the public prints by a set of infamous scribblers." The journalism of the era was often partisan, fabricated, overheated, scandalous, sensationalistic and sometimes stirring, brilliant, and indispensable. Despite its flaws—even because of some of them—the participants hashed out publicly the issues that would lead America to declare its independence and, after the war, to determine what sort of nation it would be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586484286
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
02/12/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
615,414
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


A Note to Readers     ix
Introduction: Inappropriate Behavior     3
The Role of Authority
The End of the Beginning     19
Publishing by Authority     35
Defying Authority     53
The Sounds of Silence Dogood     67
Science, Sex, and Super Crown Soap     83
The End of Authority     97
The Approach of War
Severing the Snake     115
The Weekly Dung Barge"     135
The Tory Dung Barge     171
The Shot Spread 'Cross the Page     185
Uncommon Prose     199
A Sword of a Different Kind     211
The Tumult of Peace
The Passionate Decade     225
The Not-So-Unlikely Target     247
The Gazette...     261
...versus the Gazette     277
Dark Whispers on the Page     293
"The Arising Vapour"     315
Cobbett's Quills     337
Sedition     351
Master and Mistress     375
Post-Script     395
Epilogue: Renewed Subscriptions     407
Notes     413
Bibliography     441
Acknowledgments     451
Index     455

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Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some titles can be esoteric in their knowledge and approach. Almost to the point where you don't retain anything of what you just read. This book was amazing. Wonderfully writtern and interesting stories that helped shape the country. I prefer it over many other similiar titles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love american history and Eric Burns has found a new 'angle' from which to present our founding fathers. I truly enjoyed the book from cover to cover. I was amazed to learn that our journalistic roots represent all that is unsavory about journalism today e.g. sensationalism, lack of ethics, and the scarcity of independant reporting.The book is well written, informative and for me a page turner.I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of age or education, however,an interest in history makes this a must read book. ja
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