Red Blood and Black Ink: Journalism in the Old West / Edition 1

Red Blood and Black Ink: Journalism in the Old West / Edition 1

by David Dary
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University Press of Kansas

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Red Blood and Black Ink: Journalism in the Old West / Edition 1

In Red Blood and Black Ink, bestselling author David Dary chronicles the long, exciting, often surprising story of journalism in the Old West-from the freewheeling days of the early 1800s to the classic small-town weeklies and busy city newsrooms of the 1920s.

Here are the printers who founded the first papers, arriving in town with a shirttail of type and a secondhand press, setting up shop under trees, in tents, in barns or storefronts, moving on when the town failed, or into larger quarters if it flourished, and sometimes forced to defend their right of free speech with fists or guns.

Here, too, are Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Horace Greeley-and William Allen White writing on the death of his young daughter. Here is the Telegraph and Texas Register article that launched the legend of the Alamo, and dozens of tongue-in-cheek, brilliant, or moving reports of national events and local doings, including holdups, train robberies, wars, elections, shouting matches, weddings, funerals, births, and much, much more.

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ISBN-13: 9780700609550
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 04/28/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Stage
2. No Weasel Words
3. Politics
4. Expressing Opinion
5. Town Booming
6. Pistol-Packin' Editors
7. Reporting the News
8. Personals and Miscellaneous
9. Death and Religion
10. Making a Living
11. Hyperbolizing
12. Women and Printer's Ink
13. Tramp Printers
Appendix A: Printing Equipment Used in the Old West
Appendix B: Glossary of Printers' Terms
Appendix C: Early Newspapers in States and Territories West of the Mississippi

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