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Vol 30 Issue 4Spring 2016 Issue

The current issue features Ed Alwood’s account of how Anne Bauer, an American freelance journalist, successfully fought a decision by the State Department to revoke her passport on the grounds she was allegedly a Communist sympathizer. Thomas Aiello writes about the controversial editor Davis Lee, whose career at black newspapers spanned a half-century. Daniel Haygood explores the advertising philosophies and personal relationship of Rosser Reeves and David Ogilvy. Mark Bernhardt examines the illustrations the New York Sun and New York Herald published during the Mexican-American War and how the rival newspapers linked conquest of Mexican territory with masculine ideals.

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“Boys are Running off to the Wars by Scores”: Promoting Masculinity and Conquest in the Coverage of the Mexican-American War

Volume 33, Number 2, 2016

By Mark Bernhardt, Jackson State University

3 April 1847 - SunThis article examines the manner in which Moses Yale Beach, publisher of the New York Sun, and James Gordon Bennett, publisher of the New York Herald, promoted the Mexican-American War and US expansionism through illustrations that linked conquest with the fulfillment of certain masculine ideals. Specifically, it analyzes their support of different objectives for territorial conquest and how that influenced the way each presented the war. The differences in presentation made war and the acquisition of territory appear more appealing either to men who embraced martial manhood or those who identified with restrained manhood. The following exercises ask students to consider the role pictures, in various forms, have played in promoting war, either for the purpose of extending the United States’ borders or for fulfilling other objectives, and how ideas about gender and race can influence our perceptions of who the United States is fighting and why. Read more.