Monday, January 26, 2009

Historian Jill Lepore on colonial American newspapers

Jill Lepore, Professor of History at Harvard is also a staff writer at the New Yorker Magazine. Her latest essay for the magazine, titled "Back Issues: The day the newspaper died," is a fascinating look at the history of American newspapers in colonial America and the early republic.

In the course of her essay, she discusses a variety of newspapers, including the New-England Courant and the Boston Gazette, both of which are available in full-text through the database America's Historical Newspapers.