Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Tommy R. Thompson


By the early twentieth century the American newspaper was a primary means of disseminating information to the people. In Omaha, a significant portion of the population learned of events - local, national, international – from one major newspapers in the city, The Omaha World-Herald. Because of the potential impact of The Omaha World-Herald on its readers, scholars have conducted several studies of the editorial opinion of the paper regarding its position on various subjects. If newspapers do influence readers by the type of stories covered, the method of presenting those stories and editorial opinion, it is indeed important to understand the position of particular newspaper in relation to a given event. Hopefully, an examination of a newspaper’s coverage of the event will lead to a better understanding of a society at the time.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1985 Jennifer M. Pedersen.