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This e-book argues that dueling could be checked out as a primary a part of the background of journalism. via interpreting the 19th century Code Duello, the approved criteria less than which a duel is carried out, the writer explores the reasons of combative responses related to newshounds. every one bankruptcy examines a side of the perform from the 19th century throughout the current, together with the connections among the ritualized aggression of the previous and the feuding between weblog newshounds this day. A entire bibliography in addition to an summary of accredited practices lower than the Code of Honor as confronted through 19th century reporters are supplied.

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108 During this period, gunplay was not necessarily the goal of an affair of honor, but rather a last resort in cases of stalemate of opinion. Coleman’s style reflected the developing trends of popular American journalism. Perceptions, or ideas, were paramount, more than the facts. Journalism during this era did not seek to elevate the facts for the people to decide the truth. When politics and dueling coincided, it drove the partisan nature of the press, which was strongly tied to the political system, into discussing the ramifications of the duel in terms of its political validity.

14 According to Bertram Wyatt-Brown in The Shaping of Southern Culture: “He also suffered from rheumatism in his right arm, periodic hemorrhaging, amyloidosis, an inflammatory ailment, dysentery, and other stomach troubles for which he took great quantities of mercury and sugar of lead — then mistakenly thought to be efficacious. He fought the Creek War in 1812 when barely able to ride a horse. 16 From the tumult of James Madison’s presidency through James Monroe’s “era of good feeling,” Jackson’s popularity steadily increased after his major victory against the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1812.

78 The duel itself was not a unique situation to American politics at that time. Boston’s Columbian Centinel reported in September 1800: “Party spirit and animosity rage in North Carolina and Virginia to a degree that 28 Pistols, Politics and the Press must excite the regret of every real friend of our Country. Several Duels, which originated from political disputes, have been fought in these States.... ”79 With politics and journalism considered almost synonymous, many of these disagreements started in the press.

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