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The Newspaper Indian: Native American Identity in the Press, 1820-90
by John Coward
Newspapers were a key source for popular opinion in the nineteenth century, and The Newspaper Indian is the first in-depth look at how newspapers and newsmaking practices shaped the representation of Native Americans, a contradictory representation that carries over into our own time. John M. Coward has examined seven decades of newspaper reporting, journalism that ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by University of Illinois Press
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The Newspaper Indian is an excellent and eminently readable book that will help the student understand a framework of deception and bias that directed public sentiment toward adopting an attitude of intolerance and subsequent violence toward the indigenous population. During the end of the 1800’s as the reform movement gained support, eastern newspapers attempted to mold public opinion using a combination of moral indignation and the use of propagandized tours of speakers, including Bright Eye ...more