Read All About It!

Mark Holland samples the millions of pages of old newspapers now available online.

The great London newspapers offer the deepest coverage of national and international politics and business. Slavery and abolitionism, immigration and emigration, the transition from a rural to an urban-based industrial economy, the supply and pricing of food and transport, exploration and the growth of the empire – all are covered in the debates and editorials emanating from those most closely involved in the capital. It is the regional press that offers excellent coverage of local affairs nationwide – and not always where you might expect to find it.

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