History of the Fourth Estate: The Press

When you hear about The Fourth Estate, it usually means The Press.

  • Where did the term Fourth Estate come from?
  • What do we mean by The Press, and how has it changed in modern times?

I conclude with a cautionary tale from early U.S. history.

Origin of The Fourth Estate

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Bill Petro

Bill Petro

Writer and technologist. Author of fascinating articles about history, tech trends, and pop culture. billpetro.com @billpetro