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The effects of war on U.S. media have been twofold. First, wartime brings to the fore issues surrounding censorship of antiwar sentiments that influence the content or messages of various media, their flourishing or dismantling, and the lives of people involved in media industries. Second, war has often spurred the growth of new media forms that last well into the ensuing peace. This entry describes the role of media in wars involving the United States, from colonial times to the present.

Colonial and Revolutionary Wars

The latter effect was apparent in the earliest English colonial wars against indigenous peoples, such as King Philip’s War, “the most fatal war in all of American history,” measured by casualties relative to the population (Lepore, xiii). No fewer than 21 ...

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