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American Newspapers, 1800-1860   Tags: history newspapers antebellum  

A guide to understanding and using antebellum American newspapers.
Last Updated: Mar 9, 2015 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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This series of tutorials will teach you about American newspapers from the period 1800-1860. You will learn about the history of the American newspaper industry, and about the development of journalism and the concept of news. You will also learn about the people who produced newspapers as well as the people who read them. This knowledge will make you a better user of this important source material, whether your purpose is to write a term paper, to research your family history, to learn more about local history, or to uncover facts and early perspectives on historical events and phenomena. Simple curiosity is often the best reason for beginning to use historical newspapers!


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    • Video Tutorial
    • What Kind of News Was Published in Antebellum Newspapers?
    • Learn More About Antebellum American Newspapers
    • Photo Gallery of Antebellum Newspapers
    • Notes
  2. City Papers
    • Video Tutorial
    • Learn More About Antebellum City Newspapers
  3. Country Papers
    • Video Tutorial
    • Learn More About Antebellum Country Newspapers
    • Job Printing Photo Gallery
    • Notes
  4. Searching Digitized Newspapers (Forthcoming)
    • Video Tutorial
    • Learn More About Searching Digitized Newspaper Collections
  5. Newspapers by the Numbers
    • Antebellum Newspaper Statistics
    • More Sources for Antebellum Newspaper Statistics
    • Data Visualizations
    • Notes
  6. Finding Historical Newspapers
    • Digitized Antebellum Newspapers
    • Antebellum Newspapers in Print and on Microfilm
  7. Glossary
  8. Bibliography

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