Voices of a Nation: A History of Mass Media in the United States presents a cultural interpretation of the history of both traditional and nontraditional media, emphasizing that minority as well as mainstream media have impacted American history. Voices of a Nation sets media history in the context of overall historical events and themes and tries to understand the role of media in a democratic society at varied historical points. Organized chronologically, the text recognizes the significant “voices” of such non-traditional media as suffrage newspapers, ethnic newspapers, and cultural movement papers and magazines.
A text for undergraduates in mass media and journalism, incorporating the voices of African Americans, women, immigrants, and others striving for political power and social equality, as well as voices of media corporations. Chronological sections explore areas including communication issues in the antislavery movement, mass markets and mass culture, and media, government, and politics. This edition retains the organization of the last edition, with increased focus on new technology, the colonial and early national book industry, the black press, and WWI correspondents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.