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Reporting the Revolutionary War

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

America's leading Revolutionary War newspaper archivists Todd Andrlik explains how the Revolutionary War unfolded in the newspapers at the time, and how everyday people witnessed thousands of little moments form an epic conflict over 20 years. Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News is a collection of primary sources, mixed with modern analysis from 37 historians, showing how the American newspapers of the 18th century fanned the flames of rebellion, igniting the ideas of patriotism and liberty among average citizens who had never before been so strongly united.

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Todd Andrlik
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Comments [2]

Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

What was the penetration of these newspapers among the general population?

Dec. 04 2012 01:50 PM
John from Fanwood, NJ

I’m so thrilled you’re doing this segment. I’m an archivist retired from the National Archives in New York, and I bristle when techies say digital is better than paper. Nineteenth century high-rag paper will last a very long time, but even modern paper will last if well cared for. Most new copier paper is manufactured acid-free. We had a paper document at the Archives from 1685 that was perfectly readable. I don’t think SD cards will last that long.

Dec. 04 2012 01:49 PM

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