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HIST 4470 Journalism and American Democracy (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

"Were it left to me," wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1787, "to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." The press (or to use the modern word, the media) occupies a unique place in the American system of government, acting as a watchdog on those exercising power and as a facilitator of public debate on major issues. Although the course will explore government efforts to stifle dissent, the focus will be on the media's efforts to inform and thereby shape the national agenda.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Mark Gelfand

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 09-Jan-15