John Adams and the American press : politics and journalism at the birth of the Republic /
by Walt Brown.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1995.
ix, 213 p. ; 22 cm.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1995.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-205) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-02:
This delightful history of the adversarial relationship between the second president of the US and the press fills a long-standing void. Historian Frank Luther Mott called the period between 1797 and 1801 the "dark age of American journalism." And with good reason. Invective and falsehood pervaded the newspaper press of the day, and the Federalist Adams bore the brunt. George Washington did not escape criticism, but he was treated gently by comparison with his successor. Popular with neither the Federalists nor the Jeffersonians, Adams was thoroughly honest but very thin-skinned, uncommon characteristics for a politician of that day. This book is valuable for at least two reasons: it gives readers a thoughtful if not comprehensive look at what made a very complicated "founding father" the man he was, and a horrific and accurate picture of the venal newspaper press of the day. The foulness that passed for "news" in that day is almost humorous by today's standards. That journalists should refer to individuals we now revere in such scurrilous terms is hard to imagine. With its superb endnotes, excellent bibliography, helpful index, and clear, concise writing, this book is suitable for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. R. Halverson; Arizona State University
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
The Federal Era I: Passion and Invective, 1789-1797p. 9
The Federal Era II: Passion and Invective, 1797-1801p. 24
The Federal Era III: Scissors, Paste, and Inkp. 39
George Washington and the American Pressp. 50
John Adams: Character and Public Careerp. 61
Adams and the American Press I: Honeymoonp. 79
Adams and the American Press II: Crisisp. 88
Adams and the American Press III: Realignmentp. 111
Adams and the American Press IV: Denouementp. 122
John Adams: Afterthoughts on the Pressp. 136
Abbreviations Listp. 149
Referencesp. 151
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 207
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