By Rodger Streitmatter

America’s information media are relentlessly criticized as too damaging, sensationalistic, profit-oriented, and biased, let alone unpatriotic and a depressing failure at reflecting the nation’s range. Rodger Streitmatter makes transparent that even if a lot of the feedback is deserved, it obscures the truth that information retailers have additionally made—and proceed to make—many optimistic contributions to the country’s well-being.

A strength for stable: How the yankee information Media Have Propelled optimistic Change bargains a compelling account of the Fourth Estate’s efforts to enhance U.S. society. no matter if documenting the appalling stipulations in psychological associations, exposing monetary shenanigans and sex-abuse scandals, or championing an vague capsule as a kind of birth control, Streitmatter argues, print and broadcast reporters have propelled major social issues onto the general public time table and helped construct aid for switch. this article attracts on either old and modern examples from quite a lot of social contexts; the result's a desirable journey of yank background, social switch, and some great benefits of a powerful media.

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The Chicago Defender painted a vivid portrait of the fulfillment of the black American Dream awaiting African Americans in Chicago, where the railroad tracks ended. 17 If any single word captured the reason, according to Abbott, that African Americans should abandon the South and move to what he referred to as the “Promised Land,” that word was spelled J-O-B-S. “On account of the war demands, economic conditions in our industrial life afford us an opportunity to better our condition by leaving the South,” Abbott said in one editorial.

12 In December 1919, Ponzi established the Securities Exchange Company in hopes of finally making his fortune. indb 45 2/23/15 9:03 AM 46 CHAPTER 5 his business, he pawned three diamond rings that belonged to his wife. 13 CHARLES PONZI GETS RICH QUICK Ponzi’s next goal, now that he had an idea and a company, was to attract investors. He wasn’t handsome and didn’t have an imposing physique—he stood a mere five feet two and weighed only 130 pounds. 14 Besides being a great salesman, Ponzi also had something great to sell—at least that’s what he told people.

35 Roosevelt then saw to it that he was appointed to the Health Board, the city’s legislative body that regulated housing and, therefore, had the power to demolish buildings that it found unsuitable for human habitation. indb 19 2/23/15 9:02 AM 20 CHAPTER 2 cluded many of the tenement houses he’d photographed. 37 By 1897, and after intense lobbying by Riis and Roosevelt, clean and wellventilated apartments for the city’s poor were available. The derelict tenement buildings were then leveled. ”38 The land that had once been home to the worst of the tenements was turned into a city park, complete with trees, bushes, a large expanse of grass, and a children’s playground.

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