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For Free Press and Equal Rights: Republican Newspapers in the Reconstruction South (Hardback)
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For Free Press and Equal Rights: Republican Newspapers in the Reconstruction South (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 31/01/2004
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This is a study of the newspapers published in the Reconstruction South that had no ties to the pro- Union, northern-based Republican party. The book traces the origins of the southern Republican press from its lone stronghold in antebellum northwest Virginia to its wartime expansion.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820325279
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Richard Abbott's "For Free Press and Equal Rights" identifies an important niche in the era of Civil War and emancipation--that of the Republican press during Reconstruction. The research is excellent and original, by a historian with a lifetime's worth of knowledge in the field. No one has explored this important issue in such depth before. John Quist is to be congratulated for helping the late Professor Abbott's last project come to full fruition.--Michael Fitzgerald "author of "Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890" "


With its careful examination of southern Republican newspapers, "For Free Press and Equal Rights" sheds welcome new light on the volatile politics of the post-Civil War South. Abbott has given us a nuanced picture of the evolution of Republican policy as partisan editors tried to hold black readers while attracting whites. Abbott also uncovers the political imperative for the publishing contracts at the heart of postwar political corruption. Together, these important insights will prompt a new investigation of postwar southern politics.--Heather Cox Richardson "author of "The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901" "


Some of the most important historical monographs achieve their status not by pioneering conceptual innovation but by shedding light on previously neglected episodes or phenomena. A classic example is Robert S. Starobin's "Industrial Slavery in the Old South." In "For Free Press and Equal Rights," Richard H. Abbott does for Reconstruction-era Republican newspapers what Starobin did for industrial slavery. . . . Abbott has made a generous gift to historians. His Herculean research has filled in one of the final remaining lacunae in the history of Reconstruction. Moreover, he has portrayed with humanity an oft-overlooked group who nobly tried to bridge the post Civil War South's racial chasm.--Chad Morgan ""History: Reviews of New Books" "


Abbott's work is thorough and groundbreaking, and should inspire further examination of the Republican press in individual states and more studies of individual editors.--"Civil War History"


Abbott addresses a neglected topic of Reconstruction history and adds to our understanding of southern Republicanism and journalism history.--Carl R. Osthaus ""Journal of American History" "


Thorough and readable . . . Those with an interest in nineteenth-century journalism can appreciate this comprehensive study regarding the Republican press in the South during Reconstruction. It establishes a sound historical context in which both white and black newspapers labored.--Aleen J. Ratzlaff ""American Journalism" "


[A] thorough and informative study . . . Abbott is nothing if not meticulous, often summarizing events state-by-state to suggest the full sweep of the Republican press's history in the postwarSouth. . . . A scholarly work of the first order . . . Abbott sheds new light on the critical role that the press played in this history. Moreover, his careful research in a long-neglected field makes this work invaluable for scholars interested in the political history of the Reconstruction era.--Steve Tripp ""Civil War Book Review" "


The late historian Richard H. Abbott has made a significant contribution in this study examining Republican newspapers in the Reconstruction South. Until now the topic has been almost entirely neglected. Abbot uncovers a far-ranging and significant, if ultimately doomed, regional newspaper press that attempted to spread Republican ideology and the newly formed party. . . . This is an extremely useful and well researched book.--William Warren Rogers Jr. ""American Historical Review" "


Richard Abbott's For Free Press and Equal Rights identifies an important niche in the era of Civil War and emancipation--that of the Republican press during Reconstruction. The research is excellent and original, by a historian with a lifetime's worth of knowledge in the field. No one has explored this important issue in such depth before. John Quist is to be congratulated for helping the late Professor Abbott's last project come to full fruition.

--Michael Fitzgerald "author of Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890 "

With its careful examination of southern Republican newspapers, For Free Press and Equal Rights sheds welcome new light on the volatile politics of the post-Civil War South. Abbott has given us a nuanced picture of the evolution of Republican policy as partisan editors tried to hold black readers while attracting whites. Abbott also uncovers the political imperative for the publishing contracts at the heart of postwar political corruption. Together, these important insights will prompt a new investigation of postwar southern politics.

--Heather Cox Richardson "author of The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901 "

Some of the most important historical monographs achieve their status not by pioneering conceptual innovation but by shedding light on previously neglected episodes or phenomena. A classic example is Robert S. Starobin's Industrial Slavery in the Old South. In For Free Press and Equal Rights, Richard H. Abbott does for Reconstruction-era Republican newspapers what Starobin did for industrial slavery. . . . Abbott has made a generous gift to historians. His Herculean research has filled in one of the final remaining lacunae in the history of Reconstruction. Moreover, he has portrayed with humanity an oft-overlooked group who nobly tried to bridge the post Civil War South's racial chasm.

--Chad Morgan "History: Reviews of New Books "

Abbott's work is thorough and groundbreaking, and should inspire further examination of the Republican press in individual states and more studies of individual editors.

--Civil War History

Abbott addresses a neglected topic of Reconstruction history and adds to our understanding of southern Republicanism and journalism history.

--Carl R. Osthaus "Journal of American History "

Thorough and readable . . . Those with an interest in nineteenth-century journalism can appreciate this comprehensive study regarding the Republican press in the South during Reconstruction. It establishes a sound historical context in which both white and black newspapers labored.

--Aleen J. Ratzlaff "American Journalism "

[A] thorough and informative study . . . Abbott is nothing if not meticulous, often summarizing events state-by-state to suggest the full sweep of the Republican press's history in the postwarSouth. . . . A scholarly work of the first order . . . Abbott sheds new light on the critical role that the press played in this history. Moreover, his careful research in a long-neglected field makes this work invaluable for scholars interested in the political history of the Reconstruction era.

--Steve Tripp "Civil War Book Review "

The late historian Richard H. Abbott has made a significant contribution in this study examining Republican newspapers in the Reconstruction South. Until now the topic has been almost entirely neglected. Abbot uncovers a far-ranging and significant, if ultimately doomed, regional newspaper press that attempted to spread Republican ideology and the newly formed party. . . . This is an extremely useful and well researched book.

--William Warren Rogers Jr. "American Historical Review "

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