Faculty Book: Joshua Brown
Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America (University of California Press, 2002; 361 pp.)
This beautifully illustrated book focuses on the importance of the role of pictorial journalism—before the age of photography and video—in the nineteenth-century press, concentrating on the history and influence of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, with asides on Harper's Weekly, the New York Daily Graphic, and other publications. Brown finds these images to be important gauges of the raging issues of the time: the Civil War, Reconstruction, important labor battles, strikes, trials, assassinations, and the plights of freed slaves and immigrants that characterized the time. Joshua Brown—executive director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at The Graduate Center—has compiled the best source of material from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and written the first study to situate these images within the social context of Gilded Age America.
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Submitted on: AUG 5, 2002