Froth and Scum
Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and the Ax Murder in America's First Mass Medium
By Andie Tucher
266 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 illus.
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4472-4
Published: November 1994
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6601-6
Published: November 2000
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About the Author
Andie Tucher, editorial producer of The Twentieth Century documentary series at ABC News, was a Clinton campaign speechwriter. She lives in New York.
For more information about Andie Tucher, visit the Author Page.
"From the yellowed columns of newsprint, Ms. Tucher . . . skillfully draws a contemporary moral."--New York Times Book Review
"[Tucher] presents the colorful story of the early penny press with all the verve, intelligence, and humor it merits."--American Heritage
"A deceptively complex book. . . . A readable, racy, and often funny study of an important aspect of antebellum social history. Among the book's many virtues is the author's repeated concern to stress the relevance of these ancient scandals for contemporary debate about the nature of journalism and, indirectly, for the relationship between fact and truth in modern historical debate."--American Historical Review
"Will add a new dimension to the ongoing efforts to understand the development of the penny press and its links to modern journalism. . . . This well-written book is a valuable contribution to the literature on journalism in the nineteenth century."--Journal of the Early Republic
"This is scholarship as solid as oak and history as timely as today's tabloid titillation. No one I know but Andie Tucher could have spun from two long-forgotten murders such a rollicking account of the misbegotten origins of the tumultuous affair between the popular press and the American people. You can read it for pleasure alone--she has the storyteller's touch--or to ponder the riddle of democracy when the mass media run amuck. Either way, you will never again think the same about truth, justice, and the comics."--Bill Moyers
"Deeply researched, beautifully written, and thoughtfully argued, Froth and Scum is the most significant new work on the penny press and nineteenth-century journalism in many years. Tucher has made an original and important contribution to American cultural history."--Daniel Czitrom, Mount Holyoke College