Abraham Lincoln and Media Suppression

Lincoln history, Harold Holzer, spoke last month on Lincoln’s contentious relationship with the Northern press.

Holzer said that during his research for “Lincoln and the Power of the Press,” he found 200 incidences in which newspapers and their editors were blocked.

Some cases included banning newspaper from the U.S. mail, arresting and imprisoning anti-war editors, seizing and destroying press equipment, and suspending publications.

“The truth is, the kickback, the pushback against the press was much more widespread than I think we had any idea of,” Holzer said.

Source: Lecturer speaks about Abraham Lincoln, media suppression during the Civil War

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