News For All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 9/11/2012
  • Publisher: VERSO

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From colonial newspapers to the Internet age, America's racial divisions have played a central role in the creation of the country's media system, just as the media has contributed to-and every so often, combated-racial oppression. This acclaimed book-called a masterpiece by the esteemed scholar Robert W. McChesney and chosen as one of 2011's best books by the Progressive-reveals how racial segregation distorted the information Americans have received, even as it depicts the struggle of Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American journalists who fought to create a vibrant yet little-known alternative, democratic press. Written in an exciting, story-driven style and replete with memorable portraits of journalists, both famous and obscure, News for All the People is destined to become the standard history of the American media.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Age of Newspapers
"Barbarous Indians" and "Rebellious Negroes"p. 19
In the Mail: The Post Office, the Press and the Mass Political Partyp. 31
Inciting to Riot: The Age of Jacksonp. 41
Rebel Voices
A New Democratic Pressp. 63
Priests, Mobs, and Know-Nothings: The Early Spanish-Language Pressp. 69
The Indian "War of Wordsp. 93
To Plead Our Own Cause: The Early Black Pressp. 109
"The Chinese Must Go!"p. 123
The Age of News Networks
Wiring the Newsp. 137
The Progressive Era and the Colored Pressp. 161
The Age of Broadcasting
Words with Wingsp. 185
Trouble in the Streetsp. 209
Other Voices: Amos 'n' Andy, the "Sunshine Lady" and Los Madrugadoresp. 231
Uniting the Home Frontp. 257
The Color Line and the Public Interest: The Post-War Periodp. 277
Fierce Rebellion, Furious Reaction: 1963-2003p. 301
The Age of the Internet
Controlling the Means of Transmission: Old Media's Fall and New Media's Risep. 343
Acknowledgementsp. 377
Notesp. 379
Indexp. 431
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