Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

Harold Holzer

“Lincoln believed that ‘with public sentiment not anything can fail; with out it, not anything can succeed.’ Harold Holzer makes an important contribution to our figuring out of Lincoln’s management by way of displaying us how deftly he controlled his family with the click of his day to maneuver public opinion ahead to maintain the Union and abolish slavery.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin

From his earliest days, Lincoln wolfed newspapers. As he began in politics he wrote editorials and letters to argue his case. He spoke to the general public without delay during the press. He even got a German-language newspaper to attract that becoming voters in his country. Lincoln alternately pampered, battled, and manipulated the 3 strongest publishers of the day: Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune, James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald, and Henry Raymond of the New York Times.

When struggle broke out and the country was once tearing itself aside, Lincoln approved the main frequent censorship within the nation’s historical past, remaining down papers that have been “disloyal” or even jailing or exiling editors who hostile enlistment or sympathized with secession. The telegraph, the hot invention that made fast reporting attainable, was once moved to the workplace of Secretary of struggle Stanton to disclaim it to unfriendly newsmen.

Holzer indicates us an activist Lincoln via reporters who lined him from his commence via to the evening of his assassination—when one reporter ran to the field the place Lincoln used to be shot and emerged to write down the tale coated with blood. In a unconditionally unique manner, Holzer indicates us politicized newspaper editors fighting for energy, and a masterly president utilizing the click to talk on to the folks and form the nation.

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