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After the War
The Press in a Changing America, 1865–1900

Edited By

David B. Sachsman

ISBN 9780367736262
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
418 Pages

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Book Description

After the War presents a panoramic view of social, political, and economic change in post-Civil War America by examining its journalism, from coverage of politics and Reconstruction to sensational reporting and images of the American people. The changes in America during this time were so dramatic that they transformed the social structure of the country and the nature of journalism. By the 1870s and 1880s, new kinds of daily newspapers had developed. New Journalism eventually gave rise to Yellow Journalism, resulting in big-city newspapers that were increasingly sensationalistic, entertaining, and designed to attract everyone. The images of the nation’s people as seen through journalistic eyes, from coverage of immigrants to stories about African American "Black fiends" and Native American "savages," tell a vibrant story that will engage scholars and students of history, journalism, and media studies. 

Table of Contents

List of Images, Illustrations, and Tables

Preface - David B. Sachsman

Introduction - David B. Sachsman

Part I. Press, Politics, and Restoration

1 Rebel Yells and Idle Vaporings: The Lost Cause Rises and Dissipates in the Chicago Tribune, the Atlanta Constitution, and the New York Times, 1860–1914

Thomas C. Terry and Donald L. Shaw

2 The New Departure: The Northern Democratic Press and Reconstruction, 1868–1876

Erik B. Alexander

3 The Forgotten Issue: The Little Bighorn and the Election of 1876

James E. Mueller

4 Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly, and the Election of 1876

William E. Huntzicker

5 The President’s Private Life: A New Explanation for "The Right to Privacy"

Patricia Ferrier

6 "Always to be the ‘Tocsin’": Josephus Daniels, the News & Observer, and the Rise of Jim Crow

Thomas C. Terry and Donald L. Shaw

Part II. Journalism in the Gilded Age: Entertaining the Masses, Serving the Public, and Raking the Muck

7 Haunted Times? Ghosts in Crime Stories Printed by the New York Times, 1851–1901

Paulette D. Kilmer

8 The Rocky Mountains, Yosemite, and Other Natural Wonders: Western Landscape in Travel Correspondence of the Post–Civil War Press

Katrina J. Quinn

9 Consuelo, the Duke, and the Press: Celebrity and Sensationalism in the Gilded Age

Wallace B. Eberhard

10 Are You Going to the Hanging? Georgia Editors and the Movement to End Public Hangings

Wallace B. Eberhard

11 Abolishing Wage Slavery in the Gilded Age: John Swinton and the American Labor Movement’s

Memory of the Civil War

Maryan Soliman

12 Babies as Breadwinners: Child Labor Prior to Federal Reform in the Industrial North and the

Industrializing South, 1890–1899

Amber Welch

Part III. Images of Immigrants, Race, and Gender

13 Sickness from Abroad: How Media Framing of New Immigrants and Disease Fueled the Immigration Debate, 1891–1893

Harriet Moore

14 Changes in the News: Characterizing Immigration, 1850–1890

Timothy L. Moran

15 Riot, Race, and Placing Blame: Press Coverage of the 1885 Rock Springs Chinese Massacre

Rich Shumate

16 "Black Fiends" and "Atrocious Murders": Redefining "Sensationalism" through Coverage of Interracial Crime in the Nineteenth-Century Press

Lee Jolliffe

17 Ida B. Wells and Coverage of Lynchings and Antilynching Efforts in Selected Mainstream

Newspapers, 1892–1894

Aleen J. Ratzlaff

18 Custer and the "Savages": Newspaper Coverage of the Indian War, Summer 1876

Thomas C. Terry and Donald L. Shaw

19 A Moral Panic on the Plains? Press Culpability and the 1890 Massacre at Wounded Knee

Brian Gabrial

20 Why Women Dared to Make Journalism Their Calling

Paulette D. Kilmer

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David B. Sachsman holds the George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he also serves as director of the annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression. He is the editor of A Press Divided: Newspaper Coverage of the Civil War (2014) and Sensationalism: Murder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, and Disasters in 19th-Century Reporting (2013).