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The Newspaper Indian Native American Identity in the Press, 1820-90 by John M. Coward

The Newspaper Indian Native American Identity in the Press, 1820-90

Part of the History of Communication Series


The Newspaper Indian Native American Identity in the Press, 1820-90 by John M. Coward

How newspapers shaped the representations of Native Americans


Greeley's contempt for Indian people as lazy, violent, unprogressive, and unworthy of justice mirrored a larger national view that had flourished since the first captivity narratives had been published in Puritan New England... Coward's book emerges as the most comprehensive and authoritative account of journalistic treatment of American Indians in the nineteenth century. -- Michael L. Tate, South Dakota History Coward's outstanding study ... places Indian stereotyping within a broader historical context and demonstrates the continuity of popular misconceptions... Extremely well written, researched, and organized, this monograph makes a major contribution to nineteenth-century Native American historiography and provides unique insights into the press's role in molding the popular imagination. -- Thomas A. Britten, The Historian Ideal for an undergraduate class since it is written in an informed and up-to-date, but very accessible style... An engaging read. -- Gillian Poulter, Left History A strong contribution to research engaging the complexities resulting from the nineteenth century newspaper accounts of American Indians... A lucid analysis of why perceptions of American Indians by the American public and the American press even to this day are biased, unbalanced, and unclear. -- John Sanchez, Rhetoric and Public Affairs Every scholar who uses newspaper sources in the study of nineteenth-century Indian affairs would do well to read it carefully. -- Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr., New Mexico Historical Review

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Publication date

1st January 1999


John M. Coward

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University of Illinois Press


272 pages


History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Ethnic studies
Communication studies



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