The Young American (NC, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Buffalo Springs, NC, with occasional references to Fayetteville, NC.

Frequency:  Published monthly

Volume and Issue Data:  According to Smith, 12 numbers (8 issues surviving);  vol. I, No. 9, Sept. 1858. pp. 227-248.

Size and Format:  About 9- by 11-inches

Editor/Publisher:  John McLean Harrington

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

According to Smith, The Young American contained limited traditional newspaper content but it was more of a literary publication. The paper included politics, poetry, short stories, anecdotes and other timeless items.  See below.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Michael Ray Smith, A Free Press in Freehand (Grand Rapids, MI: Edenridge Press, 2011). Additional bibliographic information about this and other Harrington papers contained in Smith.

Locations:  John McLean Harrington Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC

Here’s an example of his table of contents.

No. 1                                                                                                               Vol. 1

Contents

January 1858

Title Page_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _1

An incident of the French Revo

Lution, Founded on Fact_ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _2

Odds and ends_  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 12

Foreign News_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 13

Ourselves _ _ _ Editorial_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 14

North Carolina_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  15

Editorial_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _16

Reader_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _16

The Leviathan_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 17

Death of an Editor_ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 18

How Long_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _18

Oh! Sing again (Poetry)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _19

Littles on Nothings_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 20

Epigram_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 20

Spittin on the Floor (Poetry)_ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  21

Thanatos_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Poetry) _ _ _ _ _ _ 22

Humorous_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _23

Hard Times_ _ _ (Poetry)_ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _24

Riddle_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 25

Literary Notices_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  26

Advertisements_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 27

Advertisements

Schoolboys’ Echo (CA, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Downieville, California

Frequency:  Monthly.  Possibly only 2 issues

Volume and Issue Data: May 22, 1858, July 3, 1858

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  James A. Booth

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

Kennedy writes (p. 547):

“A boy named James A. Booth published a manuscript paper in Downieville in 1858.  It was called the Schoolboys’ Echo, and was good enough to draw strong praise from Calvin B. McDonald, at that time editor of the Trinity Journal.  McDonald only mentioned two issues of the Echo, although there may have been more.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography: Chester B. Kennedy, “Newspapers of the California Northern Mines, 1850-1860–A Record of Life, Letters and Culture,” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1949, pp. 27, 40, 547, 599

Locations: Unknown

The Nation. (NC, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Buffalo Springs, North Carolina

Frequency: Weekly

Volume and Issue Data: According to Smith, 21 numbers (16 issues surviving) Saturdays, beginning, April 17, 1858, and then Wednesdays, June 23, 1858 until September 8, 1858.

Size and Format: About 9 x 11 inches

Editor/Publisher: John McLean Harrington

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:      

According to Smith, The Nation. contained traditional newspaper content but concentrated on the politics of the Democrats. Occasionally Harrington called it The Nation. and used a period in the name.

The Nation, whose motto was “The majority must rule; the minority must submit,” contains verses, essays, an announcement of a Democratic party meeting, an advertising rates chart, and miscellany written by John McLean Harrington. In the first issue, Harrington, who would have been about 19 years old at the time, declares his political partisanship by announcing that The Nation will be “strictly Democratic” (p. 4).

Other John McLean Harrington papers include:

  • The Young American (January-December, 1858), 12 issues
  • The Weekly Eagle (April 20, 1860), 1 issue
  • Semi-Weekly News (July 20, 1860-August 13, 1860), 6 issues
  • The Weekly News’ Advertising Sheet Monthly (February-April, 1860) 3 issues
  • The Weekly News (June 1860-March 1864), 182 issues
  • The Times (October 1867-April 1869)

Information Sources:

Bibliography: Michael Ray Smith, Free Press, Free Hand (Grand Rapids, MI: Edenridge Press, 2011). Additional bibliographic information about this and other Harrington papers in Smith.

Link:  Free Press in Freehand: The Spirit of American Blogging in the Handwritten Newspapers of John McLean Harrington 1858-1869

Locations: John McLean Harrington Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC

The Morning Star (IL, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Greenfield, IL: Greenfield Seminary

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1858

Size and Format:  28 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

None

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Manuscripts (SC 529), Illinois State Historical Library, Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL

Knight’s Newspaper [Exact Title Unknown] (ME, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Cape Elizabeth (?), Maine

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  One issue, dated Dec. 6, 1858

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Thomas E. Knight

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

A Thomas E. Knight, who may have been the editor of this paper, was a ship builder and “selectman” in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in the mid-19th century. He was involved with at least two legislative petitions in 1852 to (1) raise money to purchase a Portland, ME, bridge, and (2) deal with some sort of dispute between the city of Cape Elizabeth and a Randall Skilling.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Maine-Augustus

The Institute Ledger (IL, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Batavia Institute, Illinois

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 2, March 30, 1858

Size and Format:  20 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

Affiliated with the Batavia Institute.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Manuscripts (SC 2006), Illinois State Historical Library, Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL

English Chips (RI, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Providence High School, Rhode Island

Frequency:  Annually?

Volume and Issue Data:  1858, three issues, about 12 pages total.

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Gardner and Stone

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Providence High School literary newspaper

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Manuscripts, The Rhode Island Historical Society, Library, Providence, RI

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