Fanatics and Fire-eaters by Lorman A. Ratner
Newspapers and the Coming of the Civil War (History of Communication)

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In the troubled years leading up to the Civil War, newspapers in the North and South presented the arguments for and against slavery, debated the right to secede, and disputed the Dred Scott decision, denouncing opposing viewpoints with imagination and vigor. _x000B__x000B_Although it is impossible to determine the precise effect of the newspapers on their readers, there is no question that they took the temperature of their communities and recorded the rising local agitations, unifying opinions, raising alarms, and cementing prejudices. _x000B__x000B_Lorman A. Ratner and Dwight Teeter's Fanatics and Fire-Eaters ably demonstrates the power of a fast-growing media to influence both perception and the course of events.

About Lorman A. Ratner

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LORMAN A. RATNER is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Tennessee and Adjunct Professor of History at University of Illinois, Urbana. He is also the author of several Greenwood books, including the first edition of this title.
Published January 29, 2003 by University of Illinois Press. 151 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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