Faculty Seminar Advisor
Dr. David Doellinger
Bachelor of Arts
The Titanic was originally called the ship that was “unsinkable” and was considered the most luxurious liner of its time. Unfortunately on the night of April 14, 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank early the next morning, losing many lives. The loss of life made Titanic one of the worst maritime accident in history. Originally having over 2,200 passengers and crew on board only about 700 survived; most of the survivors being from the upper class. Press from all over the United States covered the story to inform people of what had happened. Newspapers such as the East Oregonian, Morning Oregonian, and the Oregon City Enterprise, explained the event in a perspective that there was a greater loss in the first class because of the elite men that did not survive the sinking. Newspapers addressed many heroic acts done by the first class men on the night of the sinking that gave the society the impression that they went down with the ship in honor and as true gentlemen. The media coverage of the sinking depicts the economic and political elites who went down with the ship in a heroic manner and portrayed them as it was their honor and duty to sacrifice themselves in order to save women and children.
Bijan, Andrea, "Titanic and the People on Board: A Look at the Media Coverage of the Passengers After the Sinking" (2014). Student Theses, Papers and Projects (History). 27.