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Victorian Crime News: Evidence Which Cannot Err or Deceive?

By Cassie Watson; posted 28 March 2021. Our ability to research the history of crime is expanding at a remarkable rate, as more and more legal documents and historic newspapers are digitised. Despite paywalls and the shortcomings associated with optical...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 28 Mar 2021

Mary Vezey, Sarah Chapone, and the Hardships of the English Laws in Relation to Wives (1732-35)

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring; 11 October 2020. ‘A good Husband would not desire the Power of Horse-whipping, confining, Half-starving his Wife, or squandering her Estate; a bad Husband should not be allowed it.’ So wrote...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 11 Oct 2020

Putting Faces to Names: Illustrated Crime Reports in the Late Victorian Press

By Cassie Watson; posted 23 March 2019. Nothing makes for a better news story than murder, a fact that the sensationalist Victorian penny press was well placed to exploit.[1] The details of crimes, victims and killers intrigued readers, who found both...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 23 Mar 2019

News Reporting and Emotions Part 2: Reporting Disaster: Emotions, Trauma and Media Ethics

By Amy Milka and Abaigéal Warfield (The University of Adelaide) Reporting Hurricane Harvey. Courtesy of CNN.From hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria to earthquakes in Mexico and forest fires in California, in recent weeks the news has been filled...
From: Histories of Emotion on 20 Oct 2017

Trump, Surrogatism, and the Death of TV Journalism

From my Northern perch, I’ve been following the US election rather obsessively. From a partisan angle? Of course. If the orange monster gets elected, he will not just wreck his own country. His environmental policies alone would be a complete disaster...
From: dispositio on 16 Sep 2016

Deserter a Day 5 (of 5)

Deserter advertisements and runaway notices, fascinating though they are, provide only single elements of what were certainly more complex stories. In rare cases, further research reveals much more about a person. Take this ad, for example: Twenty Dollars...

Deserter a Day 4 (of 5)

The soldiers from several German principalities who were contracted to supplement the British army in America are often called mercenaries, a misnomer propagated during the war itself to vilify these soldiers and enhance the impression of British oppression....

Deserter a Day 3 (of 5)

Desertion was as much a problem for the British army as it was for the American. Once the war began, however, British officers seldom placed ads for deserters in newspapers. This may be because the British army was largely confined to areas around major...

Deserter a Day 2 (of 5)

The deserter advertisement presented today illustrates several important facets of the Continental Army. Looking at this list of thirteen deserters, we see: Men born on both sides of the Atlantic A variety of ages A soldier accompanied by his wife Some...

Deserter a Day 1 (of 5)

Newspapers are among our favorite things at Journal of the American Revolution, providing endless information and insight about America’s Revolutionary era. In addition to news, notices, and opinion pieces, newspapers carried advertising that reveals...

The Seizure of the Virginia Gazette, or Norfolk Intelligencer

On April 20, 1775, John Hunter Holt announced to the public his recent acquisition of the Norfolk newspaper, the Virginia Gazette or Norfolk Intellingencer. For a newspaper that had only been in print since 1774, this sudden change in ownership was more...

A Brief Publication History of the “Times That Try Men’s Souls”

Thomas Paine’s sensational pamphlet Common Sense, published anonymously in January of 1776, has a singular place of importance in the literature of the American Revolutionary era. So famous was the title that Paine would adopt it as a sobriquet...

Domestic Disputes: Public Announcements of Private Affairs

A browse through the eighteenth century newspapers turns up more than just political news, op-eds and want ads. Sometimes there’s martial mud-slinging of the sort that we’ve come to expect only from television and the internet. Although we’re...

British Fascination with Ethan Allen

The American public’s interest in Ethan Allen as a “larger than life” folk hero during and since the American Revolution is well documented.[1] After leading the capture of Ft. Ticonderoga in May 1775, Allen’s notoriety as the leader of the Green...

Top 10 Revolutionary War Newspapers

Historians have long praised newspapers for the role they played during the American Revolution, but they don’t always zero in on specific papers that were particularly important during this time. Rather, they give deserving praise to all of the press...

Propaganda Warfare: Benjamin Franklin Fakes a Newspaper

“The Press, Watson, is a most valuable institution, if you only know how to use it,” said the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.[1] Benjamin Franklin had a lifetime of experience with the Press and knew well how to use it. In the spring of 1782,...

The Worrisome Age of King George III

Four years into the Seven Years’ War, an expensive global conflict known better as the French and Indian War in America, a twenty-two-year-old prince was crowned King of the British Empire upon the death of his grandfather, King George II. The London...

John Dickinson’s Hit Single: Liberty Song

By 1768, Pennsylvania political activist John Dickinson became a true triple threat. He was already one of the most successful lawyers and businessmen in all of Pennsylvania and Delaware, and was the author of the “Letter from a Farmer” essays,...

The London Gazette

Before, during and after the American Revolution, newspapers from Great Britain were widely consumed on American soil as part of the regular packet ship deliveries of mail and papers. Arguably the most important source of news to the elite readers on...

Lost and Found

You may think that newspapers are only good for news, but advertising is a critical part of their content. Not only does advertising bring in substantial revenue for the publisher, it’s the reason why many people purchase the paper – think...

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