Mass Communication in the Civil War Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Mass Communication in the Civil War
A discussion and comparison of the Northern and Southern newspapers in the US Civil War era.
# 118500 | 1,376 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 02, 2010 in Communication (Journalism) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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The paper discusses northern newspapers during the US Civil War, specifically, Harper's Weekly, and how it was famous for its illustrations and political cartoons. The paper then looks at southern newspapers such as the Central Georgian that did not have illustrations at all. The paper explains that low literacy in the South led to fewer newspapers with not enough funds for detailed illustrations and political cartoons. The paper then discusses how while the northern states enjoyed the massive communication through newspapers, the South did not have as much communication in their territories because of their poor literacy. The paper points out that even today, poorer countries have far less access to information than those in modern countries.

From the Paper:

"Although freedom of speech is something taken for granted in today's societies, being able to speak one's mind and to print and publish without taboo was not always the case. Although it has always been permissible to print books, more regular publications were limited to pamphlets and posters usually only related rumors that may have had public appeal or domestic news pieces that stirred local interest. It wasn't until the 17th century that weekly published newspapers began to circulate and when they did, it was under such strict regulations that the first English written newspaper was printed in Amsterdam around 1620. Centuries later when America had already won its freedom from the crown, freedom of speech in the Americas along with the invention of the rotary printing press in 1833 enabled newspapers to be printed in the thousands, reaching a wider audience who was also more educated and highly literate than ever before. So when Civil War officially began in 1861, newspapers had just begun to be a part of everyday life as a reliable source of current events and opinions on present issues."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carren, Eric. Civil War Extra: A Newspaper History of the Civil War from 1863 to 1866. United States: Book Sales, 2005.
  • "Civil War Newspapers." The Valley of the Shadow. 6 Apr. 2008 <>.
  • Coopersmith, Andrew S.. Fighting Words: An Illustrated History of Newspaper Accounts of the Civil War. New York: New Press, 2006.
  • "Pictures of Civil War Articles, People, Information. - Old Newspaper Images Online." Newspaper Archive - View old newspapers online. 6 Apr. 2008 <>.
  • "The Civil War." The Civil War. 6 Apr. 2008 <>.

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