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 knowing of Lincoln’s management through 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 gobbled newspapers. As he began in politics he wrote editorials and letters to argue his case. He spoke to the general public at once in the course of the press. He even acquired a German-language newspaper to attract that growing to be voters in his kingdom. 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 battle broke out and the country was once tearing itself aside, Lincoln approved the main common censorship within the nation’s historical past, ultimate down papers that have been “disloyal” or even jailing or exiling editors who adversarial enlistment or sympathized with secession. The telegraph, the recent invention that made rapid reporting attainable, was once moved to the place of work of Secretary of warfare Stanton to disclaim it to unfriendly newsmen.

Holzer exhibits us an activist Lincoln via reporters who lined him from his begin via to the evening of his assassination—when one reporter ran to the field the place Lincoln was once shot and emerged to put in writing the tale coated with blood. In a totally unique manner, Holzer indicates us politicized newspaper editors scuffling with for energy, and a masterly president utilizing the click to talk on to the folks and form the nation.

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