The Press: Rowdy, Gaudy Century

Young Editor Edward Kemble seemed to have what it took to be a frontier journalist in San Francisco in 1848 (pop. 375). It was a time when editors had to be "true with the rifle, ready with [the] pen and quick at the typecase." But Kemble just didn't seem to have much news sense. After a trip to Sutter's Mill, he reported in his weekly Star that the great gold strike was "all a sham, as superb a take-in as ever was got up to guzzle the gullible." The rival Californian had no sense of...

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