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Blue & gray in black & white : newspapers in the Civil War
Harris, Brayton, 1932-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Washington [D.C.] : Brassey's, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 365 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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E609 .H37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A journalist reports on the stories, political philosophies, relations with the military, and censorship of the popular press during the US Civil War. Includes illustrations of printers among the Union soldiery, battles from Federal and Confederate perspectives, Winslow Homer's Sharpshooter, and H

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Library Journal Review

Harris, a retired U.S. Navy captain and veteran freelance writer, takes his cue from a quote in the November 11, 1861 New York TimesÄ"it is opinion, not force, which determines great struggles"Äand presents a concise and well-written overview of the significant influence of the popular press during the Civil War. With the rapid rise of technological developments in communication and transportation, reports of battles from the 350 Northern and 150 Southern war correspondents "could be flashed around the nation while the guns were still firing." Harris analyzes the political philosophies of major newspapers, the often outrageous partisanship of the press and newspaper owners, suppression and censorship, and the quality of reporting, which was much livelier than official military reports and often surprisingly reliable. Harris's monograph is not as thoroughly researched as J. Cutler Andrews's dated and more scholarly volumes on the Civil War press, but it brings the role of the press in the war to vivid life. Recommended for general readers.ÄCharles C. Hay, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Archives, Richmond (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.