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The Daily Press and Our Collective Conscience

in Front Page Economics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780226781983
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226782010 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226782010.003.0001
The Daily Press and Our Collective Conscience

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This book summarizes the rhetoric used in the Chicago Tribune's news on the American economy in 1929 and 1987. 1929 and 1987 were the years of the great stock market crash. The book turns to the scandals and legislation that followed each crash, the collective memory of each crash, and how the rhetoric of popular economics is embedded in the collective memory. The main task is to lay down a method that can exhibit the rhetoric that accompanied the great crashes and contributed to the response to and remembrance of each. It tries to illustrate how reporters made coherent and memorable news of the American economy in two times of crisis. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: rhetoric; Chicago Tribune; American economy; 1929; 1987; stock market crash; legislation; collective memory; popular economics

Chapter.  5314 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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