By Berry Craig
Throughout the Civil battle, the impact of the preferred press and its skillful use of propaganda was once super major in Kentucky. Union and accomplice sympathizers have been scattered in the course of the border slave nation, and in 1860, at the very least twenty-eight of the commonwealth's nearly sixty newspapers have been pro-Confederate, making the secessionist reason appear more advantageous in Kentucky than it used to be in truth. additionally, the influence of those "rebel presses" reached past the zone to readers in the course of the nation.
In this compelling and well timed examine, Berry Craig analyzes the media's position in either reflecting and shaping public opinion in the course of a serious time in US historical past. Craig starts off by means of investigating the 1860 secession problem, which happened at a time whilst such a lot Kentuckians thought of themselves ardent Unionists in aid of the state's political hero, Henry Clay. yet as secessionist arguments have been amplified through the nation, so have been the voices of pro-Confederate newshounds within the country. by means of January 1861, the Hickman Courier, Columbus Crescent, and Henderson Reporter steadfastly referred to as for Kentucky to secede from the Union.
Kentucky's insurgent Press within the Secession trouble of 1860--1861 additionally showcases newshounds who supported the accomplice reason, together with editor Walter N. Haldeman, who fled the kingdom after Kentucky's such a lot famous accomplice paper, the Louisville day-by-day Courier, was once close down by way of Union forces. Exploring an exciting and neglected a part of Civil struggle background, this booklet unearths the significance of the partisan press to the Southern reason in Kentucky.
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