Hated ideas and the American Civil War press

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Author: Hazel Dicken Garcia,Giovanna Dell'Orto

Publisher: Marquette Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 349

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One of the most cherished principles in American journalism is the notion that unpopular and even hated ideas deserve First Amendment protection and fair-handed treatment from journalists. But has this principle always existed, and how are hated ideas treated during times of crisis, such as war?In this book, media historians Hazel Dicken-Garcia and Giovanna Dell?Orto find some of the answers by analyzing newspaper coverage of hated ideas ? such as abolitionism to some and slavery to others ? during the American Civil War. They found that the Civil War strengthened the idea of journalism?s responsibility to the public; editors often had eloquent free speech discussions; and opposition presses were sometimes defended.However, the data also showed that tolerance was the exception rather than the rule. ?[E]ditors consistently supported the larger political system over any professional journalism ideology, the 'common good? over individual rights, and military 'discretion? over constitutional principles,? the authors write.

Paradoxes of Prosperity

Wealth Seeking in Pre-Civil War America

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Author: Lorman A. Ratner,Paula T. Kaufman,Dwight L. Teeter Jr.

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252092228

Category: History

Page: 168

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In the midst of the United States' immense economic growth in the 1850s, Americans worried about whether the booming agricultural, industrial, and commercial expansion came at the price of cherished American values such as honesty, hard work, and dedication to the common good. Was the nation becoming greedy, selfish, vulgar, and cruel? Was there such a thing as too much prosperity? At the same time, the United States felt the influence of the rise of popular mass-circulation newspapers and magazines and the surge in American book publishing. Concern over living correctly as well as prosperously was commonly discussed by leading authors and journalists, who were now writing for ever-expanding regional and national audiences. Women became more important as authors and editors, giving advice and building huge markets for women readers, with the magazine Godey's Lady's Book and with e expressing women's views about the troubled state of society. Best-selling male writers--including novelist George Lippard, historian George Bancroft, and travel writer Bayard Taylor--were among those adding their voices to concerns about prosperity and morality and about America's place in the world. Writers and publishers discovered that a high moral tone could be exceedingly good for business. The authors of this book examine how popular writers and widely read newspapers, magazines, and books expressed social tensions between prosperity and morality. This study draws on that nationwide conversation through leading mass media, including circulation-leading newspapers, the New York Herald and the New York Tribune, plus prominent newspapers from the South and West, the Richmond Enquirer and the Cincinnati Enquirer. Best-selling magazines aimed at middle-class tastes, Harper's Magazine and the Southern Literary Messenger, added their voices, as did two leading business magazines.

Religion and the American Civil War

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Author: Randall M. Miller,Harry S. Stout,Charles Reagan Wilson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199923663

Category: History

Page: 448

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The sixteen essays in this volume, all previously unpublished, address the little considered question of the role played by religion in the American Civil War. The authors show that religion, understood in its broadest context as a culture and community of faith, was found wherever the war was found. Comprising essays by such scholars as Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Drew Gilpin Faust, Mark Noll, Reid Mitchell, Harry Stout, and Bertram Wyatt-Brown, and featuring an afterword by James McPherson, this collection marks the first step towards uncovering this crucial yet neglected aspect of American history.

The Great Heart of the Republic

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Author: Adam Arenson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674052889

Category: History

Page: 340

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In the battles to determine the destiny of the United States in the middle decades of the nineteenth century, St. Louis, then at the hinge between North, South, and West, was ideally placed to bring these sections together. At least, this was the hope of a coterie of influential St. Louisans. But their visions of re-orienting the nation's politics with Westerners at the top and St. Louis as a cultural, commercial, and national capital crashed as the country was tom apart by convulsions over slavery, emancipation, and Manifest Destiny. While standard accounts frame the coming of the Civil War as strictly a conflict between the North and the South who were competing to expand their way of life, Arenson shifts the focus to the distinctive culture and politics of the American West, recovering the region’s importance for understanding the Civil War and examining the vision of western advocates themselves, and the importance of their distinct agenda for shaping the political, economic, and cultural future of the nation.

Mothers of Invention

Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War

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Author: Drew Gilpin Faust

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807855737

Category: History

Page: 326

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Exploring privileged Confederate women's wartime experiences, this book chronicles the clash of the old and the new within a group that was at once the beneficiary and the victim of the social order of the Old South.

Lincoln and the Power of the Press

The War for Public Opinion

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Author: Harold Holzer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439192723

Category: History

Page: 768

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Examines Abraham Lincoln's relationship with the press, arguing that he used such intimidation and manipulation techniques as closing down dissenting newspapers, pampering favoring newspaper men, and physically moving official telegraph lines.

Civil War Journalism

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Author: Ford Risley

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031334728X

Category: History

Page: 154

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This book examines newspapers, magazines, photographs, illustrations, and editorial cartoons to tell the important story of journalism, documenting its role during the Civil War as well as the impact of the war on the press.

First World War Nursing

New Perspectives

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Author: Alison S. Fell,Christine E. Hallett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134626991

Category: History

Page: 226

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This book brings together a collection of works by scholars who have produced some of the most innovative and influential work on the topic of First World War nursing in the last ten years. The contributors employ an interdisciplinary collaborative approach that takes into account multiple facets of Allied wartime nursing: historical contexts (history of the profession, recruitment, teaching, different national socio-political contexts), popular cultural stereotypes (in propaganda, popular culture) and longstanding gender norms (woman-as-nurturer). They draw on a wide range of hitherto neglected historical sources, including diaries, novels, letters and material culture. The result is a fully-rounded new study of nurses’ unique and compelling perspectives on the unprecedented experiences of the First World War.

Loathing Lincoln

An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present

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Author: John McKee Barr

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 0807153850

Category: History

Page: 488

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While most Americans count Abraham Lincoln among the most beloved and admired former presidents, a dedicated minority has long viewed him not only as the worst president in the country's history, but also as a criminal who defied the Constitution and advanced federal power and the idea of racial equality. In Loathing Lincoln, historian John McKee Barr surveys the broad array of criticisms about Abraham Lincoln that emerged when he stepped onto the national stage, expanded during the Civil War, and continued to evolve after his death and into the present. The first panoramic study of Lincoln's critics, Barr's work offers an analysis of Lincoln in historical memory and an examination of how his critics -- on both the right and left -- have frequently reflected the anxiety and discontent Americans felt about their lives. From northern abolitionists troubled by the slow pace of emancipation, to Confederates who condemned him as a "black Republican" and despot, to Americans who blamed him for the civil rights movement, to, more recently, libertarians who accuse him of trampling the Constitution and creating the modern welfare state, Lincoln's detractors have always been a vocal minority, but not one without influence. By meticulously exploring the most significant arguments against Lincoln, Barr traces the rise of the president's most strident critics and links most of them to a distinct right-wing or neo-Confederate political agenda. According to Barr, their hostility to a more egalitarian America and opposition to any use of federal power to bring about such goals led them to portray Lincoln as an imperialistic president who grossly overstepped the bounds of his office. In contrast, liberals criticized him for not doing enough to bring about emancipation or ensure lasting racial equality. Lincoln's conservative and libertarian foes, however, constituted the vast majority of his detractors. More recently, Lincoln's most vociferous critics have adamantly opposed Barack Obama and his policies, many of them referencing Lincoln in their attacks on the current president. In examining these individuals and groups, Barr's study provides a deeper understanding of American political life and the nation itself.

Man’s Better Angels

Romantic Reformers and the Coming of the Civil War

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Author: Philip F. Gura

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674978145

Category: History

Page: 328

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Banks failed, inequality grew, people were out of work, and slavery threatened to rend the nation in two. The Panic of 1837 drew forth reformers who, animated by self-reliance, became prophets of a new moral order that would make America great again. Philip Gura captures a Romantic moment that was soon overtaken by civil war and postwar pragmatism.

After Appomattox

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Author: Gregory P. Downs

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674426169

Category: History

Page: 352

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The Civil War did not end with Confederate capitulation in 1865. A second phase commenced which lasted until 1871—not Reconstruction but genuine belligerency whose mission was to crush slavery and create civil and political rights for freed people. But as Gregory Downs shows, military occupation posed its own dilemmas, including near-anarchy.

Race and Reunion

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Author: David W. BLIGHT

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674417658

Category: History

Page: 523

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No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America's collective memory as the Civil War. In the war's aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and America's national reunion.

The Language of War

Literature and Culture in the U.S. from the Civil War Through World War II

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Author: James Dawes

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674030268

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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A distinguished and experienced appellate court judge, Posner offers in this new book a unique and, to orthodox legal thinkers, a startling perspective on how judges and justices decide cases.

The Rise and Fall of American Growth

The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War

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Author: Robert J. Gordon

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400888956

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 784

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In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth challenges the view that economic growth will continue unabated, and demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. Robert Gordon contends that the nation's productivity growth will be further held back by the headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government, and that we must find new solutions. A critical voice in the most pressing debates of our time, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.

Honest Jeff and Dishonest Abe

A Southern Children's Guide to the Civil War

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Author: Lochlainn Seabrook

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943737192

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 318

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If you're a Southern parent who's fed up with the Yankee myths, distortions, lies, and anti-South propaganda your child is being taught at school about the Civil War, then "Honest Jeff and Dishonest Abe" is for you. Award-winning author and Southern historian Lochlainn Seabrook has created an incomparable guide specifically for Southern children, one that teaches them the Truth about Lincoln's War - from the South's perspective! Written for ages 8-12 (grades 2-6), the book is conveniently divided into 6 sections and 37 chapters, and covers all of the salient facts and events of the War. Included are chapters on the causes that led up to the conflict, the real origins of American slavery, the truth about Southern slavery, the secession of the Southern states, descriptions of significant battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln's criminal behavior, black Confederates, Robert E. Lee's surrender, the everyday life of a Confederate soldier, and Confederate weaponry. Seabrook also provides detailed information on the many suppressed elements of the War, including discussions on the Constitution, politics, and American history, covering "politically incorrect" facts that your child will never hear in school. Profusely illustrated, this children's version of Seabrook's blockbuster, "Everything You Were Taught About the Civil Is Wrong, Ask a Southerner!," explodes the Northern fairy tales that were created to hide the Truth about the War for Southern Independence and the atrocities committed by the Union. "Honest Jeff and Dishonest Abe: A Southern Children's Guide to the Civil War," the result of some 20 years of study and research, will not only help educate your youngsters about the real Civil War, it will also teach them about the traditional values that have always been so important here in Dixie: love of God, country, and family, respect for our Southern heritage, pride in our Confederate history, and a reverence for our Southern ancestors. Adults will benefit from reading Seabrook's South-friendly book as well, especially non-Southerners who are interested in learning more about the Southern view of Lincoln's War. Includes a glossary, index, and bibliography. Perfect for homeschooling families. "Honest Jeff and Dishonest Abe" is destined to become a standard in American literature. Civil War scholar Lochlainn Seabrook, a descendant of the families of Alexander H. Stephens and John S. Mosby, is the most prolific and popular pro-South writer in the world today. Known as the "new Shelby Foote," he is a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal and the author of over 45 books. A seventh-generation Kentuckian of Appalachian heritage and the sixth great-grandson of the Earl of Oxford, Mr. Seabrook has a forty-year background in American and Southern history, and is the author of the runaway bestseller "Confederacy 101: Amazing Facts You Never Knew About America's Oldest Political Tradition."

The Union War

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Author: Gary W. Gallagher

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674045629

Category: History

Page: 215

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Puts forth the idea that the Union's relentless effort during the American Civil War was less about the end of slavery and more about the conviction that preserving the Union was the world's best hope for democracy. By the author of The Confederate War.

Under the Starry Flag

How a Ban of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship

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Author: Lucy E. Salyer

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674057635

Category: History

Page: 338

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In 1867 forty Irish-Americans sailed for Ireland to fight against British rule. Claiming that emigrants to America remained British citizens, authorities arrested the men for treason, sparking a crisis and trial that dragged the U.S. and Britain to the brink of war. Lucy Salyer recounts this gripping tale, a prelude to today’s immigration battles.

Sherman's Civil War

Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860-1865

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Author: Brooks D. Simpson,Jean V. Berlin

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469620294

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 976

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The first major modern edition of the wartime correspondence of General William T. Sherman, this volume features more than 400 letters written between the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and the day Sherman bade farewell to his troops in 1865. Together, they trace Sherman's rise from obscurity to become one of the Union's most famous and effective warriors. Arranged chronologically and grouped into chapters that correspond to significant phases in Sherman's life, the letters--many of which have never before been published--reveal Sherman's thoughts on politics, military operations, slavery and emancipation, the South, and daily life in the Union army, as well as his reactions to such important figures as General Ulysses S. Grant and President Lincoln. Lively, frank, opinionated, discerning, and occasionally extremely wrong-headed, these letters mirror the colorful personality and complex mentality of the man who wrote them. They offer the reader an invaluable glimpse of the Civil War as Sherman saw it.

The Red Badge of Courage

An Episode of the American Civil War

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Author: Stephen Crane

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Chancellorsville (Va.), Battle of, 1863

Page: 233

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Reporting at the Southern Borders

Journalism and Public Debates on Immigration in the U.S. and the E.U.

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Author: Giovanna Dell'Orto,Vicki L. Birchfield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113504662X

Category: Political Science

Page: 308

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Undocumented immigration across the Mediterranean and the US-Mexican border is one of the most contested transatlantic public and political issues, raising fundamental questions about national identity, security and multiculturalism—all in the glare of news media themselves undergoing dramatic transformations. This interdisciplinary, international volume fills a major gap in political science and communication literature on the role of news media in public debates over immigration by providing unique insider’s perspectives on journalistic practices and bringing them into dialogue with scholars and immigrant rights practitioners. After providing original comparative research by established and emerging international affairs and media scholars as well as grounded reflections by UN and IOM practitioners, the book presents candid, in-depth assessments by nine leading European and North American journalists covering immigration from the frontlines, ranging from the Guardian’s Southern Europe editor to the immigration reporter for the Arizona Republic. Their comparative reflections on the professional, institutional and technological constraints shaping news stories offer unprecedented insight into the challenges and opportunities for 21st century journalism to affect public discourse and policymaking about issues critical to the future of the transatlantic space, making the book relevant across a wide range of scholarship on the media’s impact on public affairs.