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By Rodger Streitmatter

America’s information media are relentlessly criticized as too unfavorable, sensationalistic, profit-oriented, and biased, let alone unpatriotic and a depressing failure at reflecting the nation’s variety. Rodger Streitmatter makes transparent that even if a lot of the feedback is deserved, it obscures the truth that information shops have additionally made—and proceed to make—many confident contributions to the country’s well-being.

A strength for solid: How the yankee information Media Have Propelled confident Change bargains a compelling account of the Fourth Estate’s efforts to enhance U.S. society. even if documenting the appalling stipulations in psychological associations, exposing monetary shenanigans and sex-abuse scandals, or championing an imprecise capsule as a kind of birth control, Streitmatter argues, print and broadcast newshounds have propelled major social issues onto the general public time table and helped construct aid for swap. this article attracts on either ancient and modern examples from quite a lot of social contexts; the result's a desirable journey of yank heritage, social switch, and the advantages of a powerful media.

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Come join the ranks of the free. Cast the yoke from around your neck. See the light. ’”16 GLORIFYING THE NORTH Abbott’s depiction of the appalling realities of life in the South stood in glaring contrast to his praise of life in the North. The Chicago Defender painted a vivid portrait of the fulfillment of the black American Dream awaiting African Americans in Chicago, where the railroad tracks ended. 17 If any single word captured the reason, according to Abbott, that African Americans should abandon the South and move to what he referred to as the “Promised Land,” that word was spelled J-O-B-S.

In short, the paper achieved a mass appeal far beyond anything Black America had ever known before. ” VILIFYING THE SOUTH Racial violence against African Americans was rampant in the South early in the twentieth century. But before the Chicago Defender achieved mass circulation, blacks knew about the abuse only through personal observation or word of mouth. 13 Not so Robert S. Abbott. He was committed both to documenting the abuse and to showing that this violence was the South’s way of ensuring that African Americans remained docile.

Nobody could pass through such spinning-rooms as I have described and not cry out lustily against child labor,” she wrote. ”8 ILLUMINATING THE “NATION’S SHAME” In July 1906, the Chicago Tribune began its nineteen-part series on the bleak realities of child labor. indb 26 2/23/15 9:02 AM PROTECTING AMERICA’S CHILDREN 27 children in the United States under the age of 16 years are hard at work from early in the morning till late at night when they ought to be at school. ”10 Later in that opening piece, the paper argued that a major repercussion of child labor was that it denied the nation any chance that its victims could mature into men and women who could contribute to society in a meaningful way.

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