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The 19th Century in America, life in the 1800s in America, events in 1800s. Selected free online articles in American history, 1800-1900. Podcasts too.

1874 Railway Schedule, before the U.S. had Standard Time Zones – Life in the 1800s in America

Guide to Baltimore & Ohio railroad

A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mail – Life in the 1800s in America

In the early days of the parcel post, some parents took advantage of the mail in unexpected ways

Danny Lewis, smithsonian.com June 14, 2016 | Updated: December 21, 2016

A Graceful Exit – The 19th Century in America

In one momentous decision, Robert E. Lee spared the United States years of divisive violence

Jay Winik, American Heritage 2009

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A journey to Ohio in 1810 – Life in the 1800s in America

As recorded in the journal of Margaret Van Horn Dwight

A journey to Ohio in 1810, as recorded in the journal of Margaret Van Horn Dwight

A Moose for the Misinformed: Jefferson and Natural History – The 19th Century in America

Incensed that many leading European scientists had belittled North America’s climate and fauna, Thomas Jefferson shipped them evidence and published a long reply in Notes on the State of Virginia.

Mark Coburn, American Heritage 2017

A Texas Cattleman & His Comanche Concubine – Life in the 1800s in America

Richard Selcer, HistoryNet 2017

Although Less Deadly Than Crinolines, Bustles Were Still a Pain in the Behind – Life in the 1800s in America

Kat Eschner, smithsonian.com April 21, 2017

An Anarchist Manifesto by Louisa Sarah Bevington 1895 – The 19th Century in America

libcom.org 2017

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Andrew Johnson: Path to Impeachment – Events in 1800s

Pieces of History, National Archives 2018

Bible view of slavery – Life in the 1800s in America

Authored at the time of the Civil War

Schoenberg Center

Birth of an Imperial Nation – The 19th Century in America

Gabriel Winant, The Nation 2017

Crime as Entertainment in the 19th century – Life in the 1800s in America

Anna Mazzola, The History Girls 2016

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First Trip by Steam to Lake Superior – Life in the 1800s in America

1st Person account

Michigan Historical Collections 1876

Fort Sumter Falls – Events in 1800s

Account by the Deputy Commander at Fort Sumter of the first battle of the Civil War.

Abner Doubleday, Journal of American Heritage 2011

How an eleventh-hour border shift kept the Chicago suburbs in Illinois – The 19th Century in America

Lake County Daily Herald 2017

List of Automobile Manufacturers in the U.S. in 1899 – Life in the 1800s in America

Horseless vehicles; automobiles, motor cycles operated by steam, hydro-carbon, electric and pneumatic motors 1900

Old French Traditions – The 19th Century in America

French-Canadian residents of Detroit, observed in the early 19th century.

MichiganHistorical Collections 1876

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Poor Relief in the 18th and 19th Centuries – Podcast – The 19th Century in America

Marissa Rhodes, DG

Selling Sex: 19th Century New York City Prostitution and Brothels – Events in 1800s

Elizabeth Garner Masarik, DG 2017

Slavery a Positive Good – Events in 1800s

1854 article by a radical Missouri advocate of slavery.

American history told by contemporaries 1898-1929

The Brief Period, 200 Years Ago, When American Politics Was Full of ‘Good Feelings’ – Events in 1800s

James Monroe’s 1817 goodwill tour kicked off a decade of party-less government – but he couldn’t stop the nation from dividing again

Erick Trickey, smithsonian.com July 17, 2017

The Chicago Fire of 1871 and the ‘Great Rebuilding’ – Events in 1800s

National Geographic

The Conquerers: A New 19th-Century History Focuses on American Imperialism – Events in 1800s

Brenda Wineapple, NY Times 2016

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The Know Nothing platform 1855 – Events in 1800s

Schoenberg Center

American Populism 1876-1896: Origins & Agendas – Events in 1800s

Dr. Charles Postel, Northern Illinois University Library Digital Initiatives 2009

Building the Erie Canal – Events in 1800s

Janice Fontanella, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 28

Selling Sex: 19th Century New York City Prostitution and Brothels – DIG – Events in 1800s

Elizabeth Garner Masarik, DG 2017

The Oregon Trail – The 19th Century in America

Rinker Buck, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 077:
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