The American Civil War and the British Press

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Those writing for the British press of the mid-Victorian era were masters of the English language, given to tirades of grand oratory on matters large and small. They particularly liked to cover the former colonies, arousing rhetorical fears among Britons over the increasing power of the United States. With the advent of the American Civil War, the British press had the perfect opportunity to practice their peculiar brand of journalism. This is an assessment of the British journalistic treatment of the American Civil War. It presents selections from all of Britain's major Civil War era newspapers and magazines (along with numerous pamphlets), with the author's historical and editorial comments. Sections of the book are devoted to the British press's handling of contentious issues between the North and South, and their coverage of specific battles or persons, a detailed profile of "The Times" of London (including personal correspondence) with examples of the bias in favour of the Confederacy in "The Times" reportage, and the portrayal by the press of Lincoln's presidency upon his assassination.

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A retired businessman, Alfred Grant is also the author of Our American Brethren: A History of Letters in the British Press During the American Revolution, 1775-1781 (1995). He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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"a concise and well-researched examination of Britains coverage of Americas hideous Civil War"--The Charleston Daily News

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