American Civil War

By: Jacob Manyik P.7

Background Infomation

The Civil War started with 34 states in January 1861, seven Southern states individually declared their secession from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America. War did not actually break out until The confederate states of America attacked Fort Sumter. The war last from 1861-1865. It was one of the bloodiest battles in American history and is seen as just a massacre between states. Once the war ended in 1865, as the Confederates lost , people recorded more than 750,000 Americans dead and most of the southern infrastructure destroyed.

Media Portrayal

Newspapers were the main way of receiving news during this era. The most significant newspaper was called ‘Harper's Weekly’. Now days these newspapers are the main witnesses on what the general public knows about the movements on the battlefield. General Ulysses S. Grant wanted to keep a good relationship with the press and felt that this was a good step to take. "To consider the influence and power of the press all the time because it had an impact which should not be underestimated was important" said General Ulysses S. Grant. The American Civil War was the first war where the media played a major role.


Some bias's you see throughout the American Civil War would be source selection. It depends what side of the story you look at to get the information. For example if you look at it from the Confederate states point of view it would look very different than if you looked at the war from the Union side. Depending on which side you support they try and use bias to persuade you which side is better and was right.


Some really big criticisms of the American Civil War is that a lot of Americans were killed and many families lost their loved ones. Also it is said that both those that lived in the North who believed the South had the right to be independent and those in the South who wanted neither war nor a Union advance into the newly declared Confederate states of America.

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Media Bias During the Civil War. (n.d.). Retrieved May 04, 2016

Media Bias During the Civil War. (n.d.). Retrieved May 04, 2016

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