Historic Newspapers

I recently read this posting on a North Carolina genealogy archives and had to share! 

Fayetteville Gazette, January 2, 1793

The subscriber, though derogatory to his feelings, finds himself necessitated, from some unfortunate domestic circumstances, to forewarn the public from trusting Eliza Graham once the partner in his cares, on his account; she having, without any just provocation, absented herself from the embraces, bed and board of an ever fond and indulgent husband.  He with reluctance assures the public, that those who may give her credit from this date, must not refer to him for payment.

Alexr. Graham
Burke County

Historic newspapers can be wonderful primary sources filled with news of the day, delightful prose of the times, and fascinating advertisements.  The Digital Library of Georgia has digitized several local newspapers, including this one from the Atlanta area. 

The masthead tells us that the Sunny South was devoted to literature, romance, the news, and southern developments.  A single copy cost 5 cents or $2.50 for one year.   You will need to install the free DjVu plugin by following the links provided.

The Cherokee Phoenix was printed by Isaac H. Harris for the Cherokee Nation, using text in both English and Cherokee. 

 The yearly subscription was $2.50 if paid in advance.  For subscribers who could only read the Cherokee language, the price was $2. 

The masthead of The Colored Tribune included  words from Lincoln’s second inaugural address from 1865:  WITH MALACE TOWARD NONE; WITH CHARITY FOR ALL.

Don’t forget about studying the decades using advertisements like this one from the Macon Telegraph, August 19, 1902!

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Posted on May 3, 2011, in Primary sources and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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