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Experience the trials and triumphs of a growing nation through nineteenth-century America's newspaper coverage

As the new American nation emerged in the 1800s, the first draft of its history was written by those who experienced and recorded it on the pages of urban and rural newspapers. As the primary source of news and information on national and local affairs, these pages are invaluable for historical research across a spectrum of subjects.

Gale's 19th Century U.S. Newspapers — a full-text searchable, facsimile-image database — provides an as-it-happened window on events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America that is of interest to both professional and general researchers. The collection features publications of all kinds, from the political party newspapers at the beginning of the nineteenth century to the mammoth dailies that shaped the nation at the century's end. Every aspect of society and every region of the nation is found in the archive — rural and urban, large cities and small towns, coast to coast, etc. Includes major newspapers as well as those published by African Americans, Native Americans, women's rights groups, labor groups, the Confederacy, and other groups and interests. Also included are illustrated papers that bring the nineteenth century to life through the drawings of many artists.

Newspapers included are:

  • New York Herald (NY)
  • Lynchburg Virginian (VA)
  • Pacific Commercial Advertiser (HI)
  • Rocky Mountain News (CO)
  • Southern Illustrated News (VA)
  • Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago)
  • Milwaukee Sentinel (WI)
  • The Bee (OH)
  • The Mountaineer (SC)

In addition to coverage of the American Civil War, African American culture and history, westward migration, Antebellum-era life, and other major topics, the collection also includes scholarly essays on nineteenth-century American history written by prominent historians. Titles were selected by leading scholars of the nineteenth-century American press, and headnotes have been included for the individual titles.

Newspapers were the lifeblood of the new republic, and the contents of their pages helped shape the nation’s identity, carrying not just the stories that unified American opinions, norms, and interests, but that also fueled the crucial debates of the day. The nineteenth-century press helped to create an environment of free expression that typified both the nation and its citizens. And with about 1.8 million pages archived — the vast majority of which have never before been accessible online — this easily accessed resource seems endless. The primary source content of 19th Century U.S. Newspapers has been taken from many of the largest and most impressive collections of newspapers from all across the United States.

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Subjects Covered
  • Black Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • U.S. History
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
Advisory Board
David Copeland (Editor-in-Chief)

Elon University

Elizabeth Burt

University of Hartford

John Coward

University of Tulsa

Patricia L. Dooley

Wichita State University

Debra Reddin van Tuyll

Augusta State University

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“The 19th century United States newspapers database contains digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles from hundreds of newspapers drawn from over 20 microfilm collections across the United States. Searching uses the Infotrac system and will be familiar to users of the The Times Digital Archive.”

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