Library Journal - Library JournalHarris (Blue and Gray in Black and White) and the Ironweed American Newspapers and Periodicals Project have done a good job of providing excerpts, and even full articles and news items, from the issue of the third Saturday of each month of four important Northern and Southern newspapers during the secession crisis and Civil War. Sampling the news reports and other items from papers from Boston, New York, Richmond, and Charleston, Harris's volume reflects not only many contemporary interests but also the confusion and misreporting of events as the war unfolded and editors hurried to include the most recent "information." Also significant is the overt politicking of the papers, whose nonmilitary coverage includes such varied topics as desertion, slave "disloyalty" and "loyalty," women's roles, and treason. This first volume in the series is hardly a cross section of public or media opinion, however, for the Midwestern and mid-Southern world get little notice and no say, and the sampling technique leaves out important issues debated in the papers of the day, especially emancipation. Still, this collection shows how people got the news and how newspapers shaped the meaning of the war. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.-Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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