Abraham Lincoln and the Fourth Estate: The White House and the Press During the American Civil War by Richard Carwardine

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In “Abraham Lincoln and the Fourth Estate: The White House and the Press during the American Civil War” Richard Carwardine discusses the incredible increase in the Press’ contribution to the American Civil War. Carwardine explains Abraham Lincoln’s role with the media and his use of newspapers as political weaponry from before the election and into his presidency. This topic is significant because it illustrates Abraham Lincoln’s intelligence and strengths as a president during the Civil War. The article gives insight to how Lincoln may have been as successful as he was during his presidency. Also, no previous political leader had had the task of managing an administration in a mass democracy where over a million of its citizens were recruited for the armed force.
Richard Carwardine’s article’s main idea is to focus on the issues of Abraham Lincoln’s use of press and media during the Civil War. The article specifically discusses Lincolns understanding of newspapers in political function, Lincoln’s relationship with editorial corps, and Lincolns use of newspapers as a political weapon. These ideas help to understand Abraham Lincoln’s effectiveness as a president during the Civil War, ideas that Richard Carwardine believes are less understood than they should be. By writing this article Carwardine hopes to help others gain a better understanding of the significance of Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with the press during the Civil War.
In “Abraham Lincoln and the Fourth…