Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History by Rodger StreitmatterMightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History by Rodger Streitmatter

Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History

byRodger Streitmatter

Paperback | July 30, 2015

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In this engaging examination of the media's influence on US history and politics, Rodger Streitmatter visits sixteen landmark episodes, from the American Revolution to the present-day fight for gay and lesbian marriage equality. In each of these cases, Streitmatter succinctly illustrates the enormous role that journalism has played in not merely recording this nation's history but also in actively shaping it. Mightier than the Sword offers students and professors a highly readable and accessible alternative to journalism history textbooks. Instead of trying to document every detail in the development of US media through dry, dull lists of names, dates, and headlines, this book focuses on sixteen discrete episodes that illustrate a point that is much larger than the sum of their parts: media have played and continue to play an enormous role in shaping this nation.

The fourth edition features an entirely new chapter on the way US media have championed various gay and lesbian rights initiatives, from the 2003 Lawrence vs. Texas sodomy case through the June 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). Balancing criticism and celebration of news media and exploring both print and electronic platforms, Mightier than the Sword provides students with a sense of the power and responsibility inherent in the institution of journalism.

A journalist and historian, Rodger Streitmatter is a leader in exploring how communication has helped shape the history of the United States. He is a professor of journalism at American University, where he has integrated his research into his teaching and created more than a dozen new courses including popular offerings on how the new...
Title:Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 30, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081334977X

ISBN - 13:9780813349770


Table of Contents

Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Sowing the Seeds of Revolution 2 Turning America Against the Sins of Slavery 3 Slowing the Momentum for Women's Rights 4 Attacking Municipal Corruption 5 Pushing America Toward an International War 6 Achieving Reform by Muckraking 7 Defying the Ku Klux Klan 8 Spreading Anti-Semitism via the Radio 9 Using "Rosie the Riveter" to Propel Women into the Workforce 10 Standing Tall Against Joseph McCarthy 11 Pushing Civil Rights onto the National Agenda 12 Bringing the Vietnam War into the American Living Room 13 Exposing Criminal Activity in Richard Nixon's White House 14 Failing the American Public with 9/11 Coverage 15 Electing an African-American President 16 Supporting Gay and Lesbian Rights 17 Focusing on How Notes Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

“In succinct, engrossing prose, Streitmatter shows how courageous, effective communicators have accepted their own and their media?s limitations to shape the outcome of events from abolitionism to anti-Semitism, women?s rights to civil rights, the Ku Klux Klan to Vietnam.”—Booklist“An easy-to-digest . . . overview of the media?s influence on American history and politics. . . . A fine introductory textbook for a journalism class.”—Kirkus Reviews“A novel approach to journalism history, presenting key episodes in an engaging style bound to appeal to students and the general public alike. Streitmatter?s lucid prose draws on study of both primary and secondary source material to provide a provocative synthesis and serves as a basis for thoughtful examination of the role of the news media in American society.”—Maurine H. Beasley, University of Maryland at College Park