Recently, a fellow historian posted a query on Twitter asking for reading suggestions on the history of the newspaper in America from (roughly) the Early Republic to the Cold War, and a few of us offered some suggestions. As it happens, I’m also working on the history of the newspaper as “the emblematic medium of modernity,” though I’m looking at the period from (roughly) the Cold War to the War on Terror, and I too could use some further reading suggestions.
So I thought it might be helpful to post here the bare beginnings of a bibliography and then invite readers to add titles that might prove useful for historians looking at the significance of the newspaper for any period of American intellectual history.
The Newspaper in U.S. Intellectual History
Gerald J. Baldasty, The Commercialization of News in the Nineteenth Century (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992).
James L. Baughman, “Wounded but Not Slain: The Orderly Retreat of the American Newspaper,” in The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America, edited by David Paul Nord, Joan Shelley Rubin, and Michael Schudson, vol. 5, A History of the Book in America (Chapel Hill, NC: 2009):119-134.
Kevin G. Barnhurst and John Nerone, The Form of News: A History (New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2001).
Marcus Daniel, Scandal and Civility: Journalism and the Birth of American Democracy (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010).
Richard L. Kaplan, “From Partisanship to Professionalism: The Transformation of the Daily Press,” in Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, edited by Carl F. Kaestle and Janice A. Radway, vol. 4, A History of the Book in America (Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2009):116-139.
Thomas C. Leonard, News for All: America’s Coming of Age with the Press (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1995).
John C. Nerone, Violence Against the Press: Policing the Public Sphere in U.S. History (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1994).
David Paul Nord, Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2001).
Jeffrey L. Pasley, The Tyranny of Printers: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic (Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 2002).
Michael Schudson, Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers (New York, NY: Basic Books, 1978).
Michael Schudson, “Persistence of Vision: Partisan Journalism in the Mainstream Press,” in Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, edited by Carl F. Kaestle and Janice A. Radway, vol. 4, A History of the Book in America (Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2009):140-151.