Holidays evolve -- for better or worse. And while there is reason to bemoan the creep of commercialism into every niche of the holiday season, such disappointment is not necessarily as recent as one might think. Charles Dickens' iconic work, A Christmas Carol: In Prose: Being a ghost story of Christmas arrived in America at a time when contemporaries were already concerned at the changes in their own times. Although Dickens was maligned for being critical of America in...Read More
This post was written by Deborah Tint, cataloging assistant.
At the start of the Civil War Harper’s Weekly, then known as a journal of news, culture and serial fiction, sprang into action to provide striking images of the conflict to those at home and at the front. Articles appeared to inform readers that a corps of “Regular Artist-Correspondents” would supply sketches from the field, and to solicit freelance submissions from "volunteer correspondents." Free copies of the paper were offered to...Read More
This post was written by cataloger Miranda Schwartz.
An unusual item in the American Historical Manuscript Collection is a hand-printed, or pen-printed, newspaper by Vermont farmer James Johns (1797-1874). Born in Huntington, Vermont, Johns received little formal education but from the age of 13 on he wrote—and wrote and wrote—not stopping until his death at age 76. Johns wrote poetry, short stories, essays, obituary poems, local history, weather reports, songs and music, all in addition to...Read More
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