19th Century U.S. History – Articles from Magazines & Newspapers


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.

 

Go to Century Past History Resources for a directory of all pages.


Also see our collection of podcasts and Videos at Podcasts on 19th Century U.S. History


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

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

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

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

The Know Nothing platform 1855

Schoenberg Center

Directory at Century Past History Resources

 

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