Date of Award

Summer 1991

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Smith, C. Zoe

Second Advisor

Murphy, Sharon

Third Advisor

Olson, Gregory

Abstract

As Americans, we learn about the Revolutionary War from history books written from a vantage point of more than 200 years and from the victors' point of view. To gain a wider perspective of that war, this thesis examines a contemporary British newspaper to see if the information and commentary contained any indication of bias, either for or against the American colonies. The image of those colonies as presented in this publication can provide a glimpse into what information readers of Lloyd's Evening Post and British Chronicle received. Although it is not possible to determine how much Lloyd's affected public opinion, 18th century English newspapers were gaining power and influence. The information contained therein was available to the public and should be considered a factor in the way Britons viewed world events. It is hoped this thesis can add a small piece of knowledge not only about the American War for Independence but about how and to what extent it was reported for one newspaper's readers.

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