The American Journalism History Reader


The American Journalism History Reader



The American Journalism History Reader presents important primary texts—news articles and essays about journalism from all stages of the history of the American press—alongside key works of journalism history and criticism. The volume aims to place journalism history in its theoretical context, to familiarize the reader with essential works of, and about, journalism, and to chart the development of the field.

The reader moves chronologically through American journalism history from the eighteenth-century to the present, combining classic sources and contemporary insights. Each century's section begins with a critical introduction, which establishes the social and political environment in which the media developed to highlight the ideological issues behind the historical period.



Publication Date



Taylor & Francis (Routledge)


New York City


Communication | Journalism Studies


Table of Contents


Section 1: Historiography Section Introduction

1. American Journalism and Its Historical Treatment

2. The Problem of Journalism History

3. The Ossification of Journalism History: A Challenge for the Twenty-First Century

4.Theory and History

5. A Revolution in Historiography?

Section 2. Age of Public Enlightenment: The 18th Century Section Introduction

6. Apology for Printers

7. Journalism in the United States from 1690-1872

8. Printers and the American Revolution

9. The Colonial Journalist: Good Humour’d Unless Provok’d

10. The Federal Era III: Scissors, Paste, and Ink

11.The End of the Beginning

Section 3: Age of Universal Literacy: The 19th Century Section Introduction

12. Reflections on Journalism

13. The Immigrant Press and Assimilation

14. Front-page Girl

15. The Editorial Staff

16. Technology and Ideology: The Case of the Telegraph

17. Changes in News in the Nineteenth Century

18. Paper Prints for the Masses

19. American Political Parties and the Press

Section 4: Age of Information: The 20th Century. Introduction to Age of Information

20. Writing News and Telling Stories

21. The Reporter and the News

22. The Newspaperman

23. House of Lords

24. Newspaper Crusaders: A Neglected Story

25. The Disappearing Daily

26. Voices

27. The Beginnings

28. Democracy and the News

29. Dialectical Tensions in the American Media, Past and Future

30. Fact and Fiction

31. A Fighting Press

The American Journalism History Reader