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(5) Using the cited source listed In the image, I created this infographic as a way of introducing the newspapers during the Civil War. Many more Americans by this point were literate and there were many newspapers to be read. Some were even sent to different parts of the country allowing news to travel farther and faster than normal postage. And during the war, the papers would even cross dividing line.

(9) Now why would the government try to censor the newspapers? Because at this time there was virtually no restrictions placed on what could and could not be published in the papers. So the papers could print troop layouts and movements, where generals were staying and so much more. And since the papers could travel across country, ie. to enemy hands, the government began censoring the newspapers. [Gettysburg 150: When Civil War generals needed info, the picked up the papers]

(11) One way the newspapers were censored was to simply not let the reporters on or near the field, allowing them to self censor. While in theory this idea could work, reality was a different tale. The reporters would still manage to get the story and publish it causing problems. [Newspapers during the American Civil War]

(8) While it is true the North had more newspapers then the South (see Pin5) those few it did have were big names such as the Richmond Enquirer. [1862 Confederate Imprint Civil War Newspaper "Richmond Virginia Enquirer" | eBay]

(10) This is another sample of a paper that would hold valuable information for the enemy whether that be the North or the South. [The Oct. 7, 1863, edition showed the "progress of the war for supression of the rebellion."]

(12) On both sides of the war, the government enacted a policy to keep its troops safe. Any reports about troop movements, locations, causality counts, etc. were prohibited. However this did not stop that information from being published. When this happened, at least in the North, the editor ran the risk of being arrested, the newspaper's mailing being restricted or the newspaper could be suspended. [Mass media pg. 139-143]

(1) The American Civil War is a time studied many times over. However it was also a time where the use of censorship was being explored. The purpose of this "essay" is to provide a glimpse into censorship during the American Civil War. It is broken into four parts: 1-General Info on the Civil War, 2-Censoring the Newspapers, 3-Censoring the Telegraph, 4-Censoring Letters. For formatting purposes each segment is numbered and in some cases the image may need to be expanded to fully view the information. [Image: civil war - Buscar con Google]

(2) Since this "essay" revolves around the Civil War it seems only fitting to give a brief overview of it. This infographic does just that. For a refresher course click on the image. [Civil War Facts Infographic from the National Park Service]