Article published in:Popular News Discourse: American and British newspapers 1833-1988
[Journal of Historical Pragmatics 15:2] 2014
► pp. 187–206
“Half a loaf is better than none”
The framing of political and national identity in Welsh border newspapers in the aftermath of the Mold Riots, 1869
The Mold Riots of 1869 came at a time of social and cultural upheaval throughout Wales, with Welsh identity becoming politicised for the first time. In the particular context of north-east Wales, the coverage of the Mold Riots in the local press reveals an early attempt to negotiate identity politics through newspaper editorials and evolving forms of journalistic language in a semi-anglicised border region in which questions of religion, language, class and loyalty were emerging as divisive political issues. It argues that contemporary coverage of the aftermath of the riots offers an insight into an early politicised form of journalistic leader column which allowed local newspapers, all of which had a cross-border remit, to articulate their own interpretations of political and national identity.
Keywords: journalism, Wales, identity, politics, nationality, editorials
Published online: 21 July 2014
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Peters, Lisa, and Kath Skinner
Savage, Mike, and Andrew Miles
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