Ranks And Columns

Overview

Since the Revolutionary War, American military men have published troop newspapers to provide amusement, to keep themselves informed, to aid in maintaining morale, and to encourage those engaged in boring or dangerous pursuits. Beginning as informal ventures, these papers received official sanction as high command began to realize their morale benefits and eventually became an accepted adjunct to the waging of war. Based on a close reading of many soldiers' newspapers, this volume is the first book to provide a ...

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Overview

Since the Revolutionary War, American military men have published troop newspapers to provide amusement, to keep themselves informed, to aid in maintaining morale, and to encourage those engaged in boring or dangerous pursuits. Beginning as informal ventures, these papers received official sanction as high command began to realize their morale benefits and eventually became an accepted adjunct to the waging of war. Based on a close reading of many soldiers' newspapers, this volume is the first book to provide a historical survey of the U.S. military press from the Revolutionary War to the present. Drawing on the rich detail in the troop newspapers, the book also provides a social record of the attitudes, aspirations, and life of those engaged in war, and considers the increasingly controversial issue of freedom of the press in war time.

Taking a chronological approach, the study opens with a consideration of the Revolutionary War and turns to a consideration of the Mexican War of 1846-1848 in chapter 2. The Civil War papers are covered in chapter 3. Chapter 4 discusses the period from 1865 to 1917, when the military press matured. The next two chapters cover the ground forces papers and the air service papers of World War I. Chapters 7 and 8 are devoted to World War II, and the final chapter covers the period since World War II. This volume should become a standard in journalism history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book's immediate contribution is its impressive documentation of thousands of military newspapers and publications produced since the Revolutionary War. The book's strength is its review of the military press before 1950. The text is well annotated and contains 22 pages of footnotes. Recommended for undergraduates and general readers."

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"Ranks and Columns: Armed Forces Newspapers in American Wars by Alfred Emile Cornebise provides a survey from the Civil War through the Vietnam conflict, then just two decades past."

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Communication Booknotes Quarterly

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Meet the Author

ALFRED EMILE CORNEBISE is professor emeritus of history at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Beginnings: The Revolutionary War and Beyond 1
Ch. 2 The Mexican War: 1846-1848 7
Ch. 3 Civil War Soldier Papers 23
Ch. 4 The Maturing of the Military Press, 1865-1917 51
Ch. 5 World War I: Ground Forces Papers 65
Ch. 6 World War I: Air Service Papers 101
Ch. 7 World War II: The Early Years 111
Ch. 8 World War II: The Later Years and Beyond 135
Ch. 9 After World War II 159
Notes 169
Selected Bibliography 193
Index 199
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