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Politicking and Emergent MediaUS Presidential Elections of the 1890s$
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Charles Musser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520292727

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520292727.001.0001

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Politicking and Emergent Media

Charles Musser

University of California Press

Defines a mediascape that includes the mass media of newspapers, radio, television and the Internet; audio-visual technologies such as photography, motion pictures, and the telephone; as well as expressive forms such as oratory and public pageantry which do not depend on technology. It sketches the historical backdrop of industrialization for the political campaigns and media formations of the 1890s: the telegraph, railroad and mass circulation newspapers of the 1830s and 1840s, and the emergence of a new wave of communication and transportation technologies in the 1890s. Finally it considers the evolving state of historical research and writing on film and media facilitated by new digital technologies that enable random word searches of huge amounts of new data.

Keywords:   Mediascape, public pageantry, political oratory, Telegraph, railroads, telephone, photography, historical research

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