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Book tells how 18th-century newspapers covered war

November 25, 2012 • Entertainment


This photo provided by Todd Andrlik shows the cover of his book “Reporting The Revolutionary War.” The book primarily focuses on the turbulent 20-year period between the end of the French and Indian War and the conclusion of the American Revolution. The large-format book features reproductions of the actual newspaper pages from the era, with contextual essays written by three dozen historians, scholars and authors. (AP Photo/courtesy of Todd Andrlik)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It was the 18th-century version of a tweet: a two-sentence, 25-word dispatch in a London newspaper reporting the American colonies had declared their independence from Great Britain.

The events of the Revolutionary War may seem like ye olde news to today’s history students, but they were breaking news to people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and newspapers were the main source of information. Some historians theorize there would have been no American Revolution without the era’s newspapers, even though they tended to be four-page publications crammed with information that was days, weeks or months old.

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