Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor in the School of Communications,
has published the book "The Antebellum Press," part of
the seven-volume series "Debating the Issues in Media."
Copeland is also the editor for a Greenwood Publications series
that begins with the American Revolution and concludes with World
Press deals with significant events and issues in America from 1820
to 1860 and outlines how the nation's press served as a sounding
board for discussion and debate on issues such as slavery, Native
American relocation, white male suffrage, education and women's
The book shows
how the press worked to shape public opinion as the principal source
for information on issues that affected and ultimately divided Americans
during this pivotal period of the nation's history.