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History of Media

These sites explore the history of media outlets such as television, film, magazines, and newspapers. Also covered are political cartoons and advertising. Students can access research portals and primary source documents, including video files. Includes eThemes resources on high school journalism and political cartoons.


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This site contains an in-depth chronology of media history, from the prehistoric era to the present day. Important developments in technology and the arts are covered. The information is accompanied by an image gallery. NOTE: Click on a time period in the navigational sidebar on the left side of the page under "Timeline" to see the major events and dates.
This page gives a metaphorical representation of the history of mass media as the concept of one calendar year.
Read this article about the history of animated cartoons in America. Includes video clips of early animations.
This collection of over 20 video files represents the development of early American animation, spanning the years between 1900 and 1921. The social attitudes of early twentieth-century America are revealed in these films.
You can browse this collection of 23 popular magazines and journals from the 19th century to find short stories, poems, or serialized novels by authors of the time, or read about events such as the invention of the telephone as they were originally reported.
This collection consists of 908 posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. These posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; educational programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; and other activities.
This student created website reports on the history of newspapers and also contains an interview with journalist Sean Macaulay, a glossary of terms, and a virtual tour of the Los Angeles Times. NOTE: This site contains a message board.
This online exhibit showcases political cartoons and caricatures from the Revolutionary War period through Civil War. The exhibition is divided by time period and includes a section on the history of caricature.
Read an article about political cartoons written by Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Herb Block. This essay is part of an online exhibit of his work, which spans over seven decades.
Read this article on the Golden Age of Television Drama. Includes a bibliography.
This page contains an index to the Library of Congress' collections of early motion pictures, including a profile of each collection and links to the films. Several hundred film clips are available for online viewing.
These sites have tips for improving high school publications. The topics include yearbook and newspaper design, caption writing, interviewing, editing, and more. There is also information about students' rights as journalists and the landmark Hazelwood Supreme Court Case. Includes links to eThemes Resources on photography, newspaper writing, political cartoons, and newspaper production.
These sites have lessson plans and activity ideas for analyzing political cartoons. Includes information on the use of symbolism in the cartoons and links to many examples. Learn about artist Thomas Nash, who created the symbols for the Democratic and Republican parties. There are links to eThemes Resources on using newspapers in the classroom and Dr. Suess.

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