Researching the American Revolution

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Revolutionary Era Newspapers


Newspapers are rich primary sources of information on the Revolutionary Era.  As with any primary source, care should be taken to assess accuracy and bias.  There are several on-line sources to access newspapers published during the Revolution.

Books on Revolutionary Era Newspapers

Adelman, Joseph M. Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789. Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of Philadelphia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

Andrlik, Todd, ed. Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News. Naperville, Ill: Sourcebooks, 2012.

Humphrey, Carol Sue. The American Revolution and the Press: The Promise of Independence. Visions of the American Press. Evanston, Ill: Medill School of Journalism/Northwestern University Press, 2013.

Online Newspaper Archives


Virginia Gazettes (1736-1780). You can access the papers via this link.

Pennsylvania Gazette Online access at

Several South Carolina newspapers are online at link.

Revolutionary Boston newspapers at

London Gazette is at  link

Large Online Databases containing Revolutionary Era newspapers

Early American Newspapers are online at Readex
British Newspaper Archive is a helpful site for many British papers  link

On a much smaller scale, but free, I created a mini archive of full newspaper issues featured in Reporting the Revolutionary War. You can find those issues by clicking here and navigating through the chapters.

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