Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers: Primary Documents on Events of the Period

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - History - 397 pages
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With this unique collection of primary source documents from colonial newspapers, students will be able to debate the issues of colonial America. Pro and con opinion pieces, letters, essays and news reports that were printed in colonial newspapers will help the reader to understand the differing viewpoints of colonial Americans on the key issues from 1690 to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Nearly 300 documents, organized chronologically by event, will help readers step back in time to debate the issues faced by 18th-century Americans. The work covers 31 events from abolition, religion, and women's rights to the Stamp Act crisis and the Boston Tea Party. For every major event or issue of the colonial period, newspapers printed the opinions of the day, in many cases attempting to influence public opinion. Issues such as medical discoveries, education, and censorship are covered in this collection along with important events such as the French and Indian War, the trial of John Peter Zenger, and the Boston Massacre. Each chapter introduces the event or issue and includes news articles, letters, essays, even poetry representing both sides of the argument as they affected Americans. Each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction. This is the only collection of primary source documents from colonial newspapers on the events of the era and will be a valuable tool for research and classroom discussion.
 

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Contents

Massachusetts Legalizes Lotteries 1744
123
Medical Discoveries and the Amazing Chinese Stones
132
Paper Money and the Currency Act 1751
142
13 The New York Public Education Controversy 17531755
154
The Albany Congress the Plan of Union and the French and Indian War 17541763
165
The Cherokee War 17591761
180
The Stamp Act Crisis 17651766
192
No Taxation without Representation 17651766
205
The Somerset Case and the AntiSlavery Controversy 1772
276
The Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party 17731774
288
The Continental Congress 17741775
302
The Edenton Tea Party and Perceptions of Women 1774
316
Arguments over Going to War with England 17741776
328
Separation from England 17681776
340
The Battles of Lexington and Concord 1775
352
Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense 1776
363

The Sons of Liberty 17651776
216
Tories versus Patriots 17681775
226
Nonimportation Agreements 17681775
237
The Boston Massacre 1770
247
Baptists Call for Toleration 17701776
260
The Declaration of Independence 1776
372
Chronology of Events
383
Selected Bibliography
387
Index
391
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DAVID A. COPELAND is the A. J. Fletcher Professor of Communication at Elon University. A past president of the American Journalism Historians Association, he was named Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Virginia Professor of the Year in 1998.

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