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The newspapers in this one-of-a-kind collection cover the seamier aspects of 19th-century urban life: crime, scandal, and brothels, combined with reviews of bawdy performances and reports on sporting events such as cock-fighting and boxing. The included publications were all collected by the American Antiquarian Society and are among the rarest of American newspapers. They are of particular interest to researchers in gender studies and the underground economy and literature of the era.

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