New e-resource for American history: Early American Newspapers – Series 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of series 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 of the Early American Newspapers, adding to the access available to series 1 through 13:

Early American Newspapers Series 14, 1807-1880: The Expansion of Urban America

Early American Newspapers Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities

Early American Newspapers Series 16, 1800-1877: Industry and the Environment

Early American Newspapers Series 17, 1844-1922: American Heartland

Early American Newspapers Series 18, 1825-1879: Racial Awakening in the Northeast

Early American Newspapers Series 19, Southern Newspapers: The Politics of Race in the South

Access these resources via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-resources A-Z.

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

These collections offer essential primary sources for exploring the people, places, and events that shaped the nation and thousands of rare historical American newspapers offering a rich chronicle of daily life in America.

As the first draft of history, American newspapers have preserved essential records and everyday accounts of the people, issues, and events that shaped the nation for hundreds of years.

From the late 17th century to the end of the eighteenth, most American newspapers were published by small-town printers and reflected the interests and values of the communities they served. As the country grew and changed through the 1800s, so too did its newspapers.  During this period, the number of new titles rose dramatically, and newspapers were transformed by an increasing emphasis on society, industry, scientific advances, investigative journalism, and human-interest stories. By the early 20th century, nearly every town in the United States had its own newspaper.

Multiple series, thousands of titles, all on a single platform
For searching and browsing American newspapers from four centuries, America’s Historical Newspapers is the most comprehensive digital resource of its kind. It offers access to thousands of titles sourced from all 50 states and is constantly growing with newly sourced content. The newspapers in America’s Historical Newspapers provide eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries, and much more. Together, they are an indispensable chronicle of the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past. 

For a full title list to browse visit here.

THE NEGRO’S OPINION.—Some years ago, the boiler-men negroes on Huckenfield estate were overheard by the book-keeper discoursing on this subject, (the superiority of the whites,) and various opinions were given, till the question was thus set at rest by an old African:- “When God Almighty made de world, him make two men, a nigger and a buckra; and him give dem two box, and him tell dem for make dem choice. Nigger, (nigger greedy from time,) when him find one box heavy, him take it, and buckra take t’other; when dem open de box, buckra see pen, ink and paper; nigger box full up with hoe and bill, and hoe and bill for nigger till this day”–Freedom’s Sentinel (Athol, Massachusetts), February 19, 1828 — EAN Series 18 Racial Awakening in the Northeast

Road on Minachoque Farm, Wilbraham Massachusetts — close to the site of the Sentinel Elm, Athol, thought to have supplied the name for the newspaper Freedom’s Sentinel

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