Civil War Journalism

by Ford Risley

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Abortion in the United States

September 2012


Pages 154
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics American History/Conflict

This book examines newspapers, magazines, photographs, illustrations, and editorial cartoons to tell the important story of journalism, documenting its role during the Civil War as well as the impact of the war on the press.

Civil War Journalism presents a unique synthesis of the journalism of both the North and South during the war. It features a compelling cast of characters, including editors Horace Greeley and John M. Daniel, correspondents George Smalley and Peter W. Alexander, photographers Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner, and illustrators Alfred Waud and Thomas Nast.

Written to appeal to those interested in the Civil War in general and in journalism specifically, as well as general readers, the work provides an introductory overview of journalism in the North and South on the eve of the Civil War. The following chapters examine reporting during the war, editorializing about the war, photographing and illustrating the war, censorship and government relations, and the impact of the war on the press.


  • Synthesizes Civil War journalism for the first time
  • Examines reporting and editorializing about the war
  • Addresses both the Northern and Southern press
  • Discusses the role of journalism during the war and impact of the war on the press
  • Includes period photographs, illustrations, and editorial cartoons
Author Info

Ford Risley is professor of communications and head of the Department of Journalism at Penn State University. His published works include Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle Against Slavery and articles on Civil War-era journalism.



"A valuable work for those interested in the history of journalism and of the Civil War. Highly recommended."—Choice

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