Professor Mott has written a distinguished history of the American newspaper. In 750 pages this book covers 250 years of American news-hawking. Beginning with the first news-sheets in New England, the Middle States, and the South, it proceeds to the Revolutionary press, to what the author designates as the “Early Period 1783-1801,” to the “Party Press of the Middle Period 1801-1833,” to the political newspapers of the Later Period 1833-1860. This constitutes the first half of the book. With the Civil War and Reconstruction the second period of American journalism begins, marked by the rise of the independent press, 1872-1892, by the rise and fall of yellow journalism,1892-1914, and finally by the growth of the great modern newspapers, 1914-1940. The scope is large and the material well integrated, and the whole makes a sound, solid history of American journalism. The chief characteristics of this book are its grasp of detail, its attention to mechanical and technical aspects of the profession, and its emphasis upon the impact that dominant personalities made upon the history of journalism—men like Horace Greeley, Henry J. Raymond, Charles A. Dana, James Gordon Bennett, Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, and Edward Wylles Scripps.
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