War with Mexico!: America's Reporters Cover the Battlefront

Tom Reilly Manley Witten


War with Mexico!: America's Reporters Cover the Battlefront

War with Mexico!: America's Reporters Cover the Battlefront

  • Title: War with Mexico!: America's Reporters Cover the Battlefront
  • Author: Tom Reilly Manley Witten
  • ISBN: 9780700617401
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover

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American war reporting came of age with the Mexican War, just as our nation s newspapers were gaining new prominence through the headline hawking penny press Indeed, the Mexican War was the first to be comprehensively reported in the daily press, with at least thirteen full time correspondents covering the military campaigns conducted south of the border.Tom Reilly highAmerican war reporting came of age with the Mexican War, just as our nation s newspapers were gaining new prominence through the headline hawking penny press Indeed, the Mexican War was the first to be comprehensively reported in the daily press, with at least thirteen full time correspondents covering the military campaigns conducted south of the border.Tom Reilly highlights the synergistic relationship between battlefield reporters and the rise of modern commercial journalism, providing riveting eyewitness accounts of the war and new insights into the press s profound impact on national politics and perceptions With editorial assistance from Manley Witten, Reilly reconstructs the efforts, methods, lifestyles, achievements, and failures of America s first war correspondents, the brutal campaigns they covered, and the journalistic system in which they functioned.Giving ample and vivid voice to the reporters themselves including George Wilkins Kendall of the New Orleans Picayune, James L Freaner of the New Orleans Delta, William C Tobey of the Philadelphia North American, John Warland of the Boston Atlas, and Jane McManus Storms of the New York Sun Reilly reveals how they braved the dangers of combat, witnessed the horrors and heroics of war, cultivated sources, and ultimately wrote it all down for distribution back home At the same time, as Reilly makes clear, they sometimes juggled facts as they saw fit, representing viewpoints of every political and social stripe and often glorifying events with nationalistic fervor.Reilly tracks the transmission of wartime reports by boat, horseback, and telegraph from the battlefields and army camps to readers in American cities where big news often meant an extra edition to be hawked by the growing armies of newsboys And, generally, he provides an excellent overview of the condition of American journalism in the mid to late 1840s particularly newspapers in New Orleans, which were crucial to the overall coverage of the war.While there have been a great many books written on the Mexican War, this is the first to tell its history through the eyes of the reporters who covered it on the ground at no little risk to their own lives and to show how that effort signaled the emergence of newspapers as an important force in American life.


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