Sensationalism murder, mayhem, mudslinging, scandals, and disasters in 19th-century reporting

David B. Sachsman, David W. Bulla

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David B. Sachsman and David W. Bulla have gathered a colourful collection of essays exploring sensationalism in nineteenth-century newspaper reporting. The contributors analyse the role of sensationalism and tell the story of both the rise of the penny press in the 1830s and the careers of specific editors and reporters dedicated to this particular journalistic style.Divided into four sections, the first, titled "The Many Faces of Sensationalism," provides an eloquent Defense of yellow journalism, analyses the place of sensational pictures, and provides a detailed examination of the changes in reporting over a twenty-year span. The second part, "Mudslinging, Muckraking, Scandals, and Yellow Journalism," focuses on sensationalism and the American presidency as well as why journalistic muckraking came to fruition in the Progressive Era.The third section, "Murder, Mayhem, Stunts, Hoaxes, and Disasters," features a ground-breaking discussion of the place of religion and death in nineteenth-century newspapers. The final section explains the connection between sensationalism and hatred. This is a must-read book for any historian, journalist, or person interested in American culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSensationalism
Subtitle of host publicationMurder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, and Disasters in 19th-Century Reporting
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages391
ISBN (Electronic)9781351491471
ISBN (Print)9781412851718
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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