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Life in 19th Century America, American Social History, 19th Century Society, 19th Century U.S. History, American Society. Selected online articles from newspapers and popular magazines about historical topics; 1800 to 1900. Podcasts too.

A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mail

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

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

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

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

Richard Selcer, HistoryNet 2017

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Andrew Johnson: Path to Impeachment

Pieces of History, National Archives 2018

Bible view of slavery

Authored at the time of the Civil War

Schoenberg Center

Birth of an Imperial Nation

Gabriel Winant, The Nation 2017

Crime as Entertainment in the 19th century

Anna Mazzola, The History Girls 2016

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First Trip by Steam to Lake Superior

1st Person account

Michigan Historical Collections 1876

Fort Sumter Falls

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

Abner Doubleday, Journal of American Heritage 2011

List of Automobile Manufacturers in the U.S. in 1899

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

Old French Traditions

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

MichiganHistorical Collections 1876

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Slavery a Positive Good

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’

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

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The Know Nothing platform 1855

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American Populism 1876-1896: Origins & Agendas

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

Building the Erie Canal

Janice Fontanella, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 28

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The Oregon Trail

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