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By Walter M. Brasch

From research of the mass media, Dr. Brasch develops a massive new concept to provide an explanation for the ancient improvement of Black English, and to offer a speculation which may clarify historic improvement of style. Dr. Brasch discusses the sociological, mental, cultural, historic, linguistic, and journalistic bases of Black English. Black English and the Mass Media offers an important and critical base for knowing American language and tradition.

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Page v Contents Acknowledgments vii Introduction ix 1 The Colonial-Revolutionary Cycle 1 2 The Antebellum Cycle 23 3 The Reconstruction Cycle 59 4 The Negro Renaissance Cycle 147 5 The Civil Rights Cycle 227 Appendix: General Language Observations 291 Notes 301 Selected List of Works Cited 321 Index 327 Page vii Acknowledgments Nothing exists in isolation. We who help create our environment are, in fact, a product of that environment. It is impossible for any person to know or fully understand all the forces that help shape attitudes and scholarship.

Page viii I have also benefited from discussions with Drs. Richard W. Bailey, Hugh Culbertson, Ian Hancock, Ralph Izard, John C. Merrill, Ernie Smith, Riley B. Smith, John H. Timmis III, and Colston Westbrook. Throughout my research I was assisted and encouraged by Vivian M. Laughrey. Her conscientious sensitivity to detail was most helpful. I am especially thankful to librarians James R. Housel, Barbara Flynn, Gary Friedman, Bertha Makow, Vicki Myers, Kay Pearlman, Diane Perry, Ed Templeton, and Leonard Wheeler at the Ontario (California) City Library; and to librarians at Ohio University, Ohio State University, Temple University, and the Claremont colleges.

2/3 subject : Black English in mass media--History, Mass media--United States--History. Page i Black English and the Mass Media Walter M. Brasch University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst 1981 Page ii Disclaimer: This book contains characters with diacritics. gif), netLibrary will represent them as they appear in the original text, and most computers will be able to show the full characters correctly. In order to keep the text searchable and readable on most computers, characters with diacritics that are not part of the ISO 8859-1 list will be represented without their diacritical marks.

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