Nuggets From 19th-Century Newspapers

by admin | December 18, 2020 8:48 am

Since going into stay-at-home mode last March, I have spent many hours transcribing articles from newspapers published in the 1830s through the 1850s, for a history book project. In the 35 years since I originally did research for a master’s thesis at UT-Austin, millions of newspaper pages have been digitized and are searchable. Now I can type in the keywords, and articles pop up that can be saved as pdfs and later transcribed. To date, I have compiled about 150,000 words’ worth of articles on everything from tariffs to slave-trading, the Regulator-Moderator War in Shelby County, and Sam Houston’s inaugural address for his second term as president of the Republic of Texas, delivered in San Augustine. That is roughly the equivalent of a 400-page book. I figure I am about three-fourths of the way through digging into these old papers.

Hey, it keeps me safe and off the streets.

I thought I would share some of the more amusing (at least to me) nuggets I have gathered during this lengthy search.

Sounds like sage advice. Think I’ll go take a walk, maybe grill some steaks later.


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