The Press and America: An Interpretive History of the Mass Media / Edition 8

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With a continued emphasis on interpretation and analysis,The Press and America remains the classic authority on the history of mass media in the United States. Recognizing that the development of America's journalism is inherently and integrally related to the cultural identity of its people, the heart of this book is an examination of American life and the American media. The Press and America traces how major events in U.S. history were covered by reporters, editors and broadcasters and how other writers, advertisers and advocates influenced and continue to influence events in this country. While examining the media's influence on the course of events, this text also points out how events have determined the shape and character of the media. Within this framework, the authors relay the special story of the men and women of journalism and of the institutions and traditions they created. Expanded coverage of women in journalism, with coverage of Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Dorothy Thompson, Helen Thomas, Dorothy Day, Doris Fleischman, Gloria Steinem, and many other less known but important women. For anyone interested in the History of Journalism and Mass Media.
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**** Cited in BCL3. This revised edition (sixth 1988, first 1954) of this seasoned text catches up on the Gulf War, the Iran- Contra Scandal, the "New World Order"; broadens consideration of reportage on events in Central America, the Middle East, China. Also updated are chapters on the credibility gap; media corporations; the impact on media of ^90s technology. New illustrations have been added. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205183890
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: 8th ed
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 734
  • Product dimensions: 7.23 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introductory Bibliography
1 The Heritage of the American Press 1
2 The Colonial Years 17
3 The Press and the Revolution 41
4 Founding the New Nation 61
5 Westward Expansion 75
6 A Press for the Masses 99
7 The Irrepressible Conflict 121
8 A Revolution in National Life 145
9 The New Journalism 171
10 The People's Champions 211
11 Bastions of News Enterprise 237
12 War Comes to the United States 253
13 The Twenties: Radio, Movies, and Jazz Journalism 269
14 Depression and Reform 303
15 A World at War 343
16 Television Takes Center Stage 365
17 Challenges and Dissent 397
18 A Crisis of Credibility 439
19 Efforts to Improve the Media 515
20 The Surviving Newspaper Press 537
21 Media Technology: The Challenge of the 1990s 577
Notes 615
Annotated Bibliography 643
Index 713
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