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Thursday, February 11, 2016
12:00 AM
NQ 5450

Title of talk: Journalism in the Nineteenth-Century American South

“Journalism in the Nineteenth-Century American South”

Jon Wells

February 11, 2016 | 4-5:30pm

North Quad Communication Studies Conference Room 5450

Often viewed by scholars of American journalism history as a closed society, the South in the nineteenth century proved surprisingly adept at creating a lively and vigorous journalism culture, even as it remained highly intolerant of abolitionism. Highlighting the extent to which southerners read and discussed newspapers and magazines from around the world, this talk examines the evolution of journalism in the 1800s with a particular focus on black and white women who carved out careers as editors.

About the Speaker

Jonathan Daniel Wells, Ph.D., is Professor of History in the Departments of Afroamerican and African Studies and History, and Director of the Residential College, at the University of Michigan. He is the author or editor of nine books, including The Origins of the Southern Middle Class: 1820-1861 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004); Women Writers and Journalists in the Nineteenth-Century South (Cambridge University Press, 2011); The Southern Middle Class in the Long Nineteenth Century (LSU Press, 2011); and A House Divided: The Civil War and Nineteenth-Century America (Routledge, 2011) in addition to articles in academic journals and chapters in books. He is currently working on two book projects related to the Fugitive Slave Crisis in the antebellum North. In 2016, he will publish The Routledge History of Nineteenth-Century America.