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Accessible Archives Expands South Carolina Newspapers
Accessible Archives, Inc. (www.accessible.com) , a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the addition of four titles to its Charleston, S.C., Gazette database. The collection has been renamed South Carolina Newspapers in order to better reflect these new titles. South Carolina Newspapers 1732-1780 contains a wealth of information on colonial and early American history and genealogy and provides wide-ranging and often divergent views of life in South Carolina and America, with additional coverage of events in Europe during the early days of this country.
COO Tom Nagy explained the decision to expand the collection: "While digitizing The South Carolina Gazette we discovered a group of papers published in and around Charleston offering a variety of views and coverage. By adding them to the collection we are able to provide a broader coverage of colonial America and events leading up to and affecting the American Revolution."
The South Carolina Gazette, 1732-1775: South Carolina's first successful newspaper was begun in 1732 by Thomas Whitemarsh in Charles Town. It released its final issue in December 1775. A "middle of the road" paper, it contains a wealth of information on colonial/early American history and genealogy and provides an accurate glimpse of life during this important time period.
The Gazette of the State of South-Carolina, 1777-1780: One of several newspapers published in Charles Town, this paper was concerned primarily with regional happenings. It was established in 1777 by Peter Timothy, who published the paper with Nicholas Boden.
The South Carolina Gazette & Country Journal, 1765-1775: This publication was heavily pro-American and nearly always included scandalous stories of European royalty. While it tended to be "stuffy," it was the only paper to discuss citizens who would not be considered among the elite in society.
The South Carolina & American General Gazette, 1777-1780: Begun in 1766 by Robert Wells, it had many subscribers in other colonies by the mid-1770s. It was the only paper in the state to publish the full text of the Declaration of Independence. Ironically, Wells, a loyalist, was eventually forced to leave the state.
The Charlestown Gazette, 1778-1780: Printed weekly between 1778 and 1780 by Mary Crouch and Co., it was founded in specific opposition to the Stamp Act, but it also excelled at local news coverage while providing extensive listings of both marriages and deaths. Crouch later moved to Salem, Mass., where she continued publication for several years.
Source: Accessible Archives, Inc.
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