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Cub Reporters: American Children's Literature and Journalism in the Golden Age

Paige Gray has recently published Cub Reporters: American Children's Literature and Journalism in the Golden Age (SUNY Press, 2019).  

Cub Reporters "investigates how depictions of young people in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America use artifice to destabilize pre-existing narratives of truth, news, and fact." 

The book considers children’s literature and journalism in the United States during the period between the Civil War and World War I. Taking up works from writers such as L. Frank Baum, Horatio Alger Jr., and Richard Harding Davis, as well as unique journalistic examples including the children’s page of the Chicago Defender, Cub Reporters examines the subversion of the idea of news as straight-forward 'fact.'