As the first draft of history, American newspapers have preserved essential records and detailed accounts of the people, issues and events that shaped the nation for hundreds of years. Now the newest series of Early American Newspapers—based on the renowned holdings of the American Antiquarian Society—provides unique opportunities for fresh discoveries. Included are more than 130 notable 19th-century titles—searchable for the first time—from all 50 U.S. states. Among the highlights are many of the more influential newspapers in each American region, including the American South and West.
Also in Series 11—and of crucial interest to scholars and students—are elusive runs of especially noteworthy newspapers that have only recently become available:
Charleston Mercury, an early advocate of Southern succession
Cherokee Advocate, the first newspaper in Indian Territory
New York Herald, which soon would have the largest circulation of any paper in the world
New York World, one of the most powerful political papers in America
Sacramento Daily Union, heralded as “The Oldest Daily in the West.”
Other especially notable titles in Series 11 include:
Philadelphia Gazette, one of the most successful newspapers in the region during a time when Philadelphia was the second largest city in America
New Orleans Commercial Bulletin, offering unusually detailed economic coverage, including slave-trade pricing
Missouri Democrat, the most eminent conservative daily in St. Louis when the city was the main gateway to the West
Austin State Gazette, one of the most prominent newspapers in Texas from the pre-Civil War era until Reconstruction
Phoenix Herald, founded 33 years before Arizona became a state
Weekly Alta California, San Francisco’s populist and independent paper chronicling the transformation of San Francisco into a major city.
Additional titles in Series 11, all included for the first time in Early American Newspapers, are the Lynchburg Virginian, North Carolina Standard, Washington Weekly Union, Christian Register, Louisville Democrat, Cherokee Phoenix and many others.
For more information about Early American Newspapers, Series 11—or to request a trial for your institution—please contact Readex at 800.762.8182 or [log in to unmask].
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