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January 2016 Vol. 53 No. 5

University of Wisconsin Press

The following review appeared in the January 2016 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email


Protest on the page: essays on print and the culture of dissent since 1865, ed. by James L. Baughman, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, and James P. Danky. Wisconsin, 2015. 259p index afp ISBN 9780299302849 pbk, $39.95; ISBN 9780299302832 ebook, contact publisher for price.

Comprising essays originating as papers presented at the 2012  conference of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, this collection supplements other studies of alternative presses, among them John McMillian’s Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America (2011), and newspaper histories like Davis Merritt’s Knightfall: Knight Ridder and How the Erosion of Newspaper Journalism Is Putting Democracy at Risk (2005).  The broad topic is the use of print culture for various forms of protest, revolt, and reaction—dissent against the main stream, printing “dangerously.”  Individual essays examine, among other things, Southern print culture during the American Civil War; anarchist print culture in the early 20th century; the counterculture embrace of vegetarianism and the use of vegan culture as protest; the GI press; and underground newspaper reporting during times of war.  Many of the essays feature illustrations from newspapers that offer cultural context.

--M. Goldsmith, Westfield State University

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.