The inauguration of a world leader. A breakthrough medical discovery. A declaration of war. The social event of the season. The rock concert of a generation. Newspapers have been at the scene capturing not only the facts about momentous occasions, but also the quality of everyday life.
We have added five historical newspapers to the product that has been hosting the The Tennessean (provided by the Tennessee Electronic Library): The Atlanta Constitution (1868 - 1984 with page images), Chicago Defender (1909 - 1975), The New York Times (1851 - 2012 with page images), The Wall Street Journal (1889 - 1999 with page images), The Washington Post (1877 - 1999 with page images). Researchers can find national coverage of Norris Dam, read Langston Hughes on the European tour of Porgy and Bess, and discover delightfully strange headlines. Here's one from a 1925 story about a journalist covering a trial in Dayton, Tennessee:
MENCKEN EPITHETS ROUSE DAYTON'S IRE: Citizens Resent Being Called 'Babbitts,' 'Morons,' 'Peasants,' 'Hill-Billies' and Yokels.' TALK OF BEATING HIM UP City Chief Stops 'Alley' Plans -Preacher Refers to 'Cheap Blatherskite of a Penpusher.' Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 July 1925: 3.
Front-page headlines, classified ads, marriage and death announcements, comic strips, reviews, display advertising, editorials, birth notices, photographs, and many other article types combine to help today’s researchers not only understand the news of yesteryear, but also the context in which it was made.