19th Century U.S. History. Selected online articles from newspapers and popular magazines about topics in 19th Century American history, from about 1800 to about 1900.
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Guide to Baltimore & Ohio railroad
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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
In one momentous decision, Robert E. Lee spared the United States years of divisive violence
Jay Winik, American Heritage 2009
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
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
Richard Selcer, HistoryNet 2017
Kat Eschner, smithsonian.com April 21, 2017
See our collected links to Online Collections of Military Maps
Pieces of History, National Archives 2018
Authored at the time of the Civil War
Gabriel Winant, The Nation 2017
Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge review – in praise of New York’ master builder
Julian Glover, The Guardian 2017
Anna Mazzola, The History Girls 2016
1st Person account
Michigan Historical Collections 1876
Account by the Deputy Commander at Fort Sumter of the first battle of the Civil War.
Abner Doubleday, Journal of American Heritage 2011
Lake County Daily Herald 2017
Horseless vehicles; automobiles, motor cycles operated by steam, hydro-carbon, electric and pneumatic motors 1900
French-Canadian residents of Detroit, observed in the early 19th century.
MichiganHistorical Collections 1876
Marissa Rhodes, DG
Elizabeth Garner Masarik, DG 2017
1854 article by a radical Missouri advocate of slavery.
American history told by contemporaries 1898-1929
James Monroe’s 1817 goodwill tour kicked off a decade of party-less government â€“ but he couldn’t stop the nation from dividing again
Erick Trickey, smithsonian.com July 17, 2017
Brenda Wineapple, NY Times 2016