The Antebellum Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1820 to 1860

The Antebellum Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1820 to 1860

by David A. Copeland


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Firsthand accounts offer students, scholars, or anyone interested in the pivotal period preceding the Civil War a look at how America's press covered important national issues and events of the day, from the passage of the Missouri Compromise through John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. Using editorials, letters, essays, and news reports that appeared throughout the country, Copeland reveals how editors, politicians, and other Americans used the press to influence opinion. These are the primary documents that displayed the pulse of the nation.

Issues such as abolition, education, and women's rights are discussed along with important events such as the nullification crisis of 1832, the Mexican War, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Each of the 29 chapters introduces an event or issue and includes news articles that represented various American opinions. These introductory essays and primary-source documents illustrate how newspapers and magazines presented matters of great national import, in an age when the opinions of the press frequently in influenced broad American sentiment and action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313320798
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Series: Debating Historical Issues in the Media of the Time
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

DAVID A. COPELAND is the A. J. Fletcher Professor of Communication at Elon University. He is the author Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers (Greenwood, 2000), Colonial Newspapers: Character and Content (1997), and Benjamin Keach and the Development of Baptist Traditions in Seventeenth-Century England (2001). A past president of the American Journalism Historians Association, he was named Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Virginia Professor of the Year in 1998.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


Introduction: Newspapers and Antebellum America

The Missouri Compromise

The Back-to-Africa Movement

The Monroe Doctrine

The Elections of 1824 and 1828

The Massachusetts Public School Act, 1827

The South Carolina Tariff Conflict, 1828

The Indian Removal Act, 1830

William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolitionist Movement, 1831

Nat Turner and Slave Rebellions, 1831

The Nullification Act, 1832

The Battle of the Bank of the United States, 1832

The Penny Press and the Moral War, 1833

The Alamo and Texas Annexation, 1836

The Trail of Tears, 1838

The Amistad and Cinque, 1839

The Dorr Rebellion, 1842

Joseph Smith and the Mormons, 1844

Manifest Destiny, 1845

The Mexican War, 1846

The Wilmot Proviso, 1846

Seneca Falls and Women's Rights, 1848

The California Gold Rush, 1848

The Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act, 1850

Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852

The Kansas-Nebraska Act, 1854

The Caning of Charles Sumner, 1856

The Dred Scott Decision, 1857

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 1858

John Brown's Raid, 1859

Chronology of Events

Selected Bibliography


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