Mary Ann’s April Recommendation

The Magnificent Medills:  America’s Royal Family of Journalism During a Century of Turbulent Splendor by Megan McKinney

“This book traces the Medill family’s impact on American journalism from before the Civil War.   Joseph Medill bought the the Chicago Tribune in 1855.  A large portion of the book tells about Chicago history and society.  It covers a time when newspapers had extraordinary influence on local and national politics.You’ll understand  why Northwestern University named it’s school of journalism after Medill, and why McCormick Place is named after a member of the Medill family, Col. Robert McCormick.  A lively part of the story involves the  powerful Medill daughters whom their father called “the worst two she-devils in all Chicago”.

Read about it or request it from the library catalog!


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