ERIC Number: ED248530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Press and Politics in the Age of Jackson. Journalism Monographs Number Eighty-Nine.
Baldasty, Gerald J.
Journalism Monographs, n89 Aug 1984
To provide a deeper look into the American political system that so intrigued the visiting French statesman Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831 and 1832, this monograph focuses on the role of the press in American politics in the the age of Jackson, the 1820s and early 1830s--a period of dramatic and substantive political party growth. In particular, the monograph examines the press within the context of early nineteenth century American politics, focusing on a large number of newspapers and editors nationwide. Given particular attention are the press in the District of Columbia and in the states of Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. These states were chosen for study because of their political importance and to provide a geographic overview of the nation. The contextual and aggregate analysis shows that press and party were inextricably bound in the age of Andrew Jackson. The press did, in fact, provide a forum for public opinion, as de Tocqueville noted, but its role in American political society was far more extensive. In particular, newspaper editors formed the nucleus of political organization in the 1820s and 1830s, and thus were central to the dramatic growth in partisan activity that characterized the age of Jackson. (HTH)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Journalism, Mass Media Effects, Media Research, News Media, Newspapers, Political Influences, Political Power, Politics, Public Opinion, United States History
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, College of Journalism, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 ($5.00, single issue).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.