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Paging Through History - Michael Morris

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Title
Paging Through History - 150 Years with the Cape Argus, 1857-2007
Author
Michael Morris
format
Hardback
Publisher
Jonathan Ball
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20110218

Verdi was writing operas, Gustave Flaubert was outraging the French with his classic novel Madame Bovary, and Indian militants were rising against the British in bloody revolt. Karl Marx and Charles Darwin were working at texts that would change the mindset of the 20th century, and, in America, the northern and southern states were squaring up for a devastating civil war. The year was 1857. In Cape Town, with its muddy, smelly streets and weekly horse races on the Wynberg road, colonial progress -- the need for a harbour, the prospect of railways -- were the big topics of discussion. These, and expectations of a new war on the eastern frontier as the grim effects of the cattle-killing spread, were the news stories of the day. Into this setting, Bryan Henry Darnell and Richard William Murray introduced another newspaper -- the fourth in the port city -- that would outlast all its competitors and the Cape Argus was born. In Paging through History, the newspaper celebrates 150 years of liberal journalism in the city, not without introspection and self-criticism. The richly illustrated book makes substantial use of original material that illuminates the historic context and the minutiae that tell the story of the long dialogue between the evolving metropolis and its oldest newspaper.

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Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
South Africa
Number of Pages
200

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