Online Primary Sources for American History: “Jersey City News”

There is an immediacy to newspapers, a “lived” feeling not present in dusty tomes or learned articles. It is a more personal odyssey, articles sometimes written under deadlines or emotional distress.

If you think current politics in Jersey City are a sign of the times, please think again. The pages of the Jersey City News are replete with shenanigans dating back to the late 19th century. This almost complete run, from 1889-1906, provides a unique view of newsworthy events through Jersey eyes. The Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Irish question,  the assassination of President McKinley, politics involving freeholders, the complaints about the sewer systems, all these topics and more are covered in these pages. Another local primary source well worth perusing.

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