Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War

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Blue & Gray in Black & White is account of the techniques, tactics, and personalities of the news-gathering industry during the American Civil War. This cataclysmic event accelerated the transformation of the content of newspapers from pallid literature and opinion to robust, partisan reporting of vital events, real and imagined.
The written record, however, is only part of the story. Much of the impact of Civil War journalism derives from its illustrations, and twenty-two examples of these are reproduced here. Harris also follows the war's most famous artists, including Winslow Homer, as they and their reporter brethren braved the dangers of the battlefield to capture some of our most memorable images of war.

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"Brayton Harris has done the near impossible: written an erudite, well-researched, informative book about the Civil War that covers a topic not yet addressed by the countless authors and historians who have been captivated by this crucial period in the life of our nation. And his book is really interesting, especially to anyone who has ever worked on a newspaper, dealt with a war correspondent, pondered about the objectivity of news from the front, or wondered if military journalism of that era was as influential on public opinion as it is today . . . "

--Robert B. Sims, former deputy press secretary for foreign affairs at the White House and assistant secretary of defense for public affairs "To understand today's distrustful relationship between the military and reporters of the popular press, Blue & Gray in Black & White is a must. It all started with the Civil War, the public's right to know vs. the need for operational security -- the mantra of the military. The line in the sand between the two was drawn in the 1860s and extends to this very day in the Balkans."

--Lt.. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (Ret.) and former military correspondent to the New York Times

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Author Brayton Harris is uniquely qualified to write a book about wartime journalism. A retired U.S. Navy captain, he served as a military censor in Korea and as a coordinator of in-country media activities during two tours in Vietnam. He has also been a printer, a publisher, and an editor, and is the author of more than two hundred articles and seven books, including The Age of the Battleship: 1890-1922; The Navy Times Book of Submarines: A Political, Social and Military History; and Johann Gutenberg and the Invention of Printing.

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