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  • Mightier Than the Sword
    Mightier Than the Sword
  • Mightier Than the Sword : How the News Media Have Shaped American History
    Mightier Than the Sword : How the News Media Have Shaped American History


In this path-breaking book, Rodger Streitmatter takes readers on a sightseeing tour of American history as influenced by the public press, visiting sixteen landmark events in US history, from the American Revolution and the civil rights movement to Watergate and 9/11. These are events that stir the political imagination; but, as Streitmatter shows, they also demonstrate how American journalism, since the 1760s, has not merely recordedthis nation's history but has played a role in shapingit. This book is the first of its kind. Streitmatter avoids the mind-numbing lists of names, dates, and newspaper headlines that bog down the standard journalism history textbook. Instead, he focuses on a limited number of episodes, identifying common characteristics within the news media. The third edition includes an entirely new chapter on social media and the election of Barack Obama. This edition also looks beyond traditional journalistic outlets such as newspapers and television news reports to examine the modern-day role that the Internet and its various venues play in reporting the news and shaping history.

Author Biography

Rodger Streitmatter is professor of journalism at American University. A journalist and historian, he is the author of several books and has contributed to numerous popular and scholarly periodicals.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Sowing the Seeds of Revolutionp. 1
Abolition Turning Americas Conscience Against the Sins of Slaveryp. 17
Slowing the Momentum for Women's Rightsp. 32
Attacking Municipal Corruption The Tweed Ringp. 47
Journalism as Warmonger The Spanish-American Warp. 63
Muckraking The Golden Age of Reform Journalismp. 80
Defying the Ku Klux Klanp. 94
Father Coughlin Fomenting Anti-Semitism via the Radiop. 110
Creating "Rosie the Riveter" Propelling the American Woman into the Workforcep. 124
Exposing Joe McCarthy Television's Finest Hourp. 139
Pushing the Civil Rights Movement onto the National Agendap. 155
Vietnam War Bringing the Battlefield into the American Living Roomp. 171
Watergate Forces the President to His Kneesp. 188
Rush Limbaugh Leading the Republican Revolutionp. 202
9/11 Failing the American Publicp. 216
Electing an African-American President A Case Study in News Media Biasp. 232
How the News Media Have Shaped American History Focusing on the Howp. 246
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 291
About the Book and Authorp. 297
Indexp. 299
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