Outrage, passion & uncommon sense : how editorial writers have taken on the great American issues of the past 150 years

by Gartner, Michael, 1938-

Format: Print Book 2005
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E661.G36 2005
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E661.G36 2005
Mining newspaper files and the deep archives and journalistic expertise of the Newseum, an interactive museum of news located in Washington, D.C., Outrage, Passion and Uncommon Sense examines decisive issues and events in U.S. history through the nation's editorial pages. Approximately fifty editorials are reprinted here on topics ranging from suffrage and race to war and politics--even Christmas--with probing analysis by Gartner.

"Editorials are the soul of the newspaper," Gartner says in the book's introduction. "Maybe the heart and the soul. And, on a good newspaper that knows and understands and loves its hometown, or its home country, the editorial is the heart and the soul of the town, or the nation, as well."

Readers will also see a visual account of the era through two-color illustrations, showcasing editorial cartoons, photographs and typographic details from period newspapers. Outrage, Passion and Uncommon Sense is a vital, significant collection that portrays the undeniable influence one editorial can have on this country in some of its most difficult times.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Today's editorials-and of course there are exceptions-inform but do not inspire," writes Pulitzer Prize winner Gartner. "Sometimes, they lack opinion. Usually, they lack passion." Not so of the many editorials Gartner selected for this book, which focuses on editorials written by four men whom the editor calls "the four greatest editorial writers in the history of this nation": William Allen White of the Daily Gazette of Emporia, Kansas; Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune; Henry Watterson of the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal and Vermont Royster of the Wall Street Journal. Editorials by these writers and others are divided up by subject matter, from controversial, highly opinionated pieces on war and race to those about the business of journalism itself and even a chapter on editorials revolving around Christmas ("'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus'" remains the most famous line ever to appear in an editorial in an American newspaper," says Gartner). The book is beautifully illustrated with historical photographs and page reproductions, and the editorials alongside them are still relevant today, though readers who haven't recently studied American history may not benefit as much from some of the older pieces. (Editorials from the Civil War era, for example, may be more interesting to Civil War historians than to the casual reader.) An alternative way of looking at history, the book will be a useful volume not only to those interested in the history of journalism, but to history buffs with a more general interest in America. Photos. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Editorials -- United States.
United States -- History -- 1865- -- Sources.
United States -- Politics and government -- Sources.
United States -- Civilization -- Sources.
Publisher Washington, D.C. :National Geographic,2005
Contributors Newseum.
Language English
Description 223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 216) and index.
ISBN 0792241975
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