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Civil War Humor, A Paper War

Civil War Humor, A Paper War

(p.3) Introduction Civil War Humor, A Paper War
Civil War Humor
Cameron C. Nickels
University Press of Mississippi

The American Civil War coincided with the proliferation of inexpensive print media. In the North, telegraphy meant that the latest news was made available for consumers, while railroads delivered illustrations from the battle front. Advances in lithography and printing also fed the public’s appetite for news quickly and inexpensively in a wide variety of saleable forms. This introductory chapter discusses Civil War humor in music and songs; pictorial, or “patriotic” envelopes—envelopes with drawings and brief verbal captions; comic valentines; and magazines and newspapers.

Keywords:   Civil War, print media, North, South, Confederacy

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