The Antebellum Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1820 to 1860

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - 423 strani


Firsthand accounts offer students, scholars, or anyone interested in the pivotal period preceding the Civil War a look at how America's press covered important national issues and events of the day, from the passage of the Missouri Compromise through John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. Using editorials, letters, essays, and news reports that appeared throughout the country, Copeland reveals how editors, politicians, and other Americans used the press to influence opinion. These are the primary documents that displayed the pulse of the nation.

Issues such as abolition, education, and women's rights are discussed along with important events such as the nullification crisis of 1832, the Mexican War, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Each of the 29 chapters introduces an event or issue and includes news articles that represented various American opinions. These introductory essays and primary-source documents illustrate how newspapers and magazines presented matters of great national import, in an age when the opinions of the press frequently in influenced broad American sentiment and action.

 

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Newspapers and Antebellum America
1
The Missouri Compromise 1820
21
The BacktoAfrica Movement 1822
33
The Monroe Doctrine 1823
47
The Elections of 1824 and 182 8
57
The Massachusetts Public School Act 1827
69
The South Carolina Tariff Conflict 1828 XI
81
The Indian Removal Act 1830
93
Joseph Smith and the Mormons 1844
235
Manifest Destiny 1845
255
The War with Mexico 1846
267
The Wilmot Proviso 1846
281
Seneca Falls and Womens Rights 1848
295
The California Gold Rush 1848
311
The Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act 1850
325
Uncle Toms Cabin 1852
339

William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolitionist Movement 1831
107
Nat Turner and Slave Insurrections 1831
123
The Nullification Act 1832
139
The Bank of the United States 1832
149
The Penny Press and the Moral War 1833
163
The Alamo and Texas Annexation 1836
179
The Trail of Tears 1838
195
The Amistadand Cinque 1839
207
The Dorr Rebellion 1842
223
The KansasNebraska Act 1854
349
The Caning of Charles Sumner 1856
359
The Dred Scott Decision 1857
369
The LincolnDouglas Debates 1858
383
John Browns Raid 1859
397
Selected Bibliography
411
Index
415
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DAVID A. COPELAND is the A. J. Fletcher Professor of Communication at Elon University. He is the author Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers (Greenwood, 2000), Colonial Newspapers: Character and Content (1997), and Benjamin Keach and the Development of Baptist Traditions in Seventeenth-Century England (2001). A past president of the American Journalism Historians Association, he was named Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Virginia Professor of the Year in 1998.

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