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Graphic News: How Sensational Images Transformed Nineteenth-Century Journalism

Amanda Frisken


This book explores sensationalism as it took hold of U.S. media between 1870 and 1900. During this period, print news publishers became adept at translating stories about sex, crime, and violence into emotion-based pictures. Analysis of significant episodes in media history shows how a range of news media producers engaged with the sensational style. As they pioneered the art of visual journalism, news publishers conveyed racial, class, and gender anxieties in a complex dialogue with audiences that established precedents for modern media. Prominent cases – obscenity litigation, anti-Chinese vi ... More

Keywords: Sensationalism, illustrated news, media history, visual journalism, commercial press, obscenity, anti-Chinese violence, Ghost Dance, Lynching, domestic violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042980
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda Frisken, author
SUNY College at Old Westbury