By Berry Craig

Throughout the Civil battle, the effect of the preferred press and its skillful use of propaganda was once super major in Kentucky. Union and accomplice sympathizers have been scattered during the border slave kingdom, and in 1860, at the least twenty-eight of the commonwealth's nearly sixty newspapers have been pro-Confederate, making the secessionist reason appear improved in Kentucky than it was once in truth. furthermore, the effect of those "rebel presses" reached past the area to readers in the course of the nation.

In this compelling and well timed research, Berry Craig analyzes the media's position in either reflecting and shaping public opinion in the course of a serious time in US background. Craig starts via investigating the 1860 secession obstacle, which happened at a time while such a lot Kentuckians thought of themselves ardent Unionists in aid of the state's political hero, Henry Clay. yet as secessionist arguments have been amplified in the course of the kingdom, so have been the voices of pro-Confederate newshounds within the country. by means of January 1861, the Hickman Courier, Columbus Crescent, and Henderson Reporter steadfastly referred to as for Kentucky to secede from the Union.

Kentucky's insurgent Press within the Secession difficulty of 1860--1861 additionally showcases reporters who supported the accomplice reason, together with editor Walter N. Haldeman, who fled the nation after Kentucky's so much famous accomplice paper, the Louisville day-by-day Courier, was once close down by means of Union forces. Exploring an exciting and ignored a part of Civil struggle historical past, this e-book finds the significance of the partisan press to the Southern reason in Kentucky.

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