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C. Journalism in the United States from 1690-1872 (American Journalism) Hardcover – December 5, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0415241427 ISBN-10: 0415241421

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  • Series: American Journalism
  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415241421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415241427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,676,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christoph Raetzsch on January 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
To the last reviewer of this book, I only want to add that the original book was published in 1873! That's why it might look a bit "old" since this is a facsimile edition of the original.

Fredric Hudson was editor of the New York Herald for more than 30 years and uses a lot of the material that he could consider contemporary. He quotes letters between his boss, James Gordon Bennett, and several party members to illustrate how Bennett was driven to seek an income from sources outside of party funding. The birth of the penny press gets a lot of attention here, but also anti-slavery newspapers, women's newspapers and individual regions are covered by him.

I consider the book as a historical resource in itself since it is very detailed and also humorous in tone.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon L. Ricks on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you want to dive into the past, taste the sparkle of historical journalism, and devour stacks of hard news as it occurred hundreds of years ago, Frederic Hudson�s Journalism in America is the book for you. In two volumes and 789 pages, Hudson serves six heaping tablespoons from six eras of journalism history and attempts to deliver a comprehensive and connected report. Journalism in America is hard on the eyes, but easy on the mind. Although published in 2000, Hudson�s book looks ancient. He adorns his text with live examples of historical articles as they appeared in actual newspapers including the original fonts and spellings. While other authors rush through history leaving you with time to grasp a few dates and events, Hudson takes you into the minds, hearts and living rooms of the people who made journalism history and studies them one step and one person at a time.
Overall the book goes beyond strict reporting of facts and offers a great deal of insight into the thoughts and feelings that characterized the period and its history makers. Hudson�s approach is informal, for example, he dumps his sources in one huge pile early-on in the book, leaving the reader to discover for themselves what references go with what text. He offers only an index. While Hudson does an excellent job of being comprehensive and connecting events, I would consider his work a draft rather than a final product, since he obviously left a lot undone.
Hudson does seem to be favorably biased toward the press throughout the book leaving you with the feeling that the press is a beloved grandchilde who �can do no wrong.� Whether it�s a cat fight or legal fight, Hudson seems to see each historical action of the press as a necessary step in a magnificent history. Hindsight, they say, is twenty twenty. But I would add, that even there, you have the near-sighted.
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