Fanatics and Fire-Eaters: Newspapers and the Coming of the Civil War ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Lorman A. Ratner

Fanatics and Fire-Eaters: Newspapers and the Coming of the Civil War

University of Illinois Press
Publication date: January 2003
ISBN: 9780252092213
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During the years just before the Civil War, key newspapers in the United States became true mass media for the first time, reaching American society as never before. Ratner and Teeter examine how this newly acquired power was used and how it exacerbated festering regional issues -- preeminently the issue of slavery -- as newspapers described and characterized some of the key events preceding the outbreak of the Civil War. Tracing political accounts and diatribes published in northern and southern newspapers from 1856 to the shelling of Fort Sumter in 1861, Ratner and Teeter assert that newspapers, in their desire to be profitable and promote specific agendas, stoked the fires that heated tensions between North and South. _x000B_
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