American History


Early American Newspapers, Series 1: Key Titles and Their Nameplates

Artist: Joseph H. Davis (1811-1865). Title: Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Otis and Child (1834). Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Focusing on the 18th and early 19th centuries, the first series of Early American Newspapers offers over 350,000 issues from more than 710 titles. This widely used digital collection, based primarily on Clarence S. Brigham's authoritative "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820," contains newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia. Below is a brief description—and the nameplate—of several key titles:

Albany Register (New York) One of the most successful and influential American newspapers of the late 18th and early 19th century, the Register was edited from 1808 to 1822 by the ardent anti-Federalist Solomon Southwick.

Early American Newspapers, Series 1: Key Titles and Their Nameplates

The Digital Detective: Tracking Criminals When the Trail Runs Cold (by Stephen Mihm)

[The article below by University of Georgia professor Stephen Mihm first appeared in The Readex Report (Sept. 2008). Last month, an op-ed by Mihm headlined "The Biographer's New Best Friend" was published in The New York Times Sunday Review section. In his Times piece, Mihm quotes historians and biographers James McGrath Morris, Joshua Kendall and Graham Hodges to help explain why "Readex's America's Historical Newspapers...has the potential to revolutionize biographical research."]

The Digital Detective: Tracking Criminals When the Trail Runs Cold

By Stephen Mihm, Associate Professor of History, University of Georgia

The Digital Detective: Tracking Criminals When the Trail Runs Cold (by Stephen Mihm)

Announcing a Readex Online Seminar: Newspaper Archives for Academic Research and Teaching

Readex now offers complimentary 45-minute Webinars led by experts in the history and academic use of newspaper archives. We invite you and your colleagues to register for a lively fall session in which you’ll learn about the fascinating and unique histories of a series of major American newspapers.

We’ll also explore such topics as:

Announcing a Readex Online Seminar: Newspaper Archives for Academic Research and Teaching

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

 

 

Title: Native dance by Spanish-American. Fiesta, Taos, New Mexico. Photographer: Russell Lee (1903-1986). Source: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

National Hispanic Heritage Month—approved by President Lyndon Johnson and expanded in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan—runs from September 15 to October 15. In addition to providing a special opportunity to celebrate Hispanic culture, Hispanic Heritage Month serves to highlight the long and important presence of Hispanic Americans in North America.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

Religion and the Rise of the Second Ku Klux Klan, 1915-1922 (by Kelly J. Baker)

[This article by Kelly J. Baker, who currently teaches American and religious studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, first appeared in the September 2009 issue of The Readex Report. Baker is also an editor of the Religion in American History blog. Her first book, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915–1930, is being published this month by the University Press of Kansas.]

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“An original and sobering work” -- David Morgan, author of Protestants and Pictures

Religion and the Rise of the Second Ku Klux Klan, 1915-1922 (by Kelly J. Baker)

Preserving the Library in the Digital Age (by Ben Carp, Tufts University)

 [This article by Benjamin L. Carp, Associate Professor of History at Tufts University, first appeared in the November 2009 issue of The Readex Report. Carp is the author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (Yale University, 2010) and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2009, paperback edition).

"Inviting to students and general readers, and it will dazzle scholars."--Alfred F. Young, William and Mary Quarterly

Preserving the Library in the Digital Age (by Ben Carp, Tufts University)

Ernest Hemingway: In His Time

Source: American Newspaper Archives / America's Historical Newspapers

Ernest Hemingway: In His Time

Baseball in America: Its Origins and Early Days

Some things never change, or so suggested the Duluth News Tribune in 1916:

Baseball in America: Its Origins and Early Days

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