New York Times and Charleston Mercury Square off over Violent Dispute in Times of the Civil War

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The dispute that turned violent is called by some, a civil war. It is that war and the coverage of it by the special correspondents of the New York Times and Charleston Mercury that Don Bracken captures in his book Times of the Civil War.

After a dispute that turned ugly to the point of physical hostility, the Charleston Mercury claimed victory for the forces that ousted Major Anderson and his men from the fortress in Charleston Harbor. The dispute that turned violent was called by some, a civil war. It is that war and the coverage of it by the special correspondents of the New York Times and Charleston Mercury that Don Bracken captures in his book Times of the Civil War.

“The war gave birth to modern American journalism and its afterbirth was the partisanship and bias we see today,” says the author. “That bias is a natural consequence of freedom of the press. As long as people are free to think, there will be bias and partisanship”

The Charleston Mercury, the paper that sowed the earliest seeds of secession and the New York Times, staunch supporters of Abraham Lincoln even in his darkest moments, are placed as arch-opposites in Times of the Civil War demonstrating that reporters, like all other people, believe what they want to see.

Times of the Civil War is a subsequent Civil War work by Don Bracken following his Civil War Historyscope Series, a technological plotting of the major battles of the Civil War which was lauded by educators and Civil War experts. James Lighthizer of the Civil War Preservation Trust hailed it as “a very important addition to the study and preservation of the American Civil war.”

Times of the Civil War (ISBN:1-4208-0694-7)following in that tradition of excellence has been released and is available on all major internet outlets.

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