The Voice of the People

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:
The Voice of the People

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This chapter describes the Tribune's “Voice of the People” that shows an account of the great crashes. The 1929–30 Tribune undoubtedly fell within the commercial press era that David Nord has in mind. Although the 1987–88 Tribune was already moving toward a more departmentalized press geared to serving separate segments of its markets, it was still the kind of paper that was widely subscribed to, and Chicagoans could look to it for “all the news.” The Tribune published about seven letters daily in its “Voice of the People” section in 1929–30; they numbered about eleven in 1987–88. It then reviews the letters for how readers conceptualized the great crashes in 1929 and 1987. The presidential candidates and the ward politicians, as well as their supporters appeared to have increasingly seized upon such zero-sum contests and their visceral appeal.

Keywords: Tribune; Voice of the People; David Nord; crashes; 1929; 1987

Chapter.  5244 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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