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HIST 240 The Civil War: Primary Sources - Newspapers

Reading Historic Newspapers

Reading Historic Newspapers

 The Memphis Daily Appeal



To read articles from the corresponding week in The Memphis Daily Appeal follow these steps:

1) Enter the database by clicking on the banner above

2) Click on the "Calendar View" link found just to the right of the image of the newspaper

3) Select your year from the "Issues For" drop box (see image below)


4) Select your date from the calendar

5) Select "Image 1" to read the front page

6) You can use the navigational buttons and the mouse to control the page in order to zoom in enough to read the articles

Be sure to read the overview of the Memphis Daily Appeal (linked below) in order to have a better understanding of the background and printing situation of this newspaper during the Civil War. This helps explain why there may be gaps in publication and why some dates may be missing.

Chronicling America

  • Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922


  • Click image above
  • Limit by date
  • Enter your Civil War search words
    • Examples:
      • war deserters
      • free negroes
      • war widows
      • conscription act


Other Historical Newspapers

Using Historical Newspapers

Historical Newspapers in Library Databases 

Slavery and Anti-Slavery

King County Library System (KCLS) - History Databases

Green River Students can freely use the KCLS libraries!

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As a student at Green River College, you automatically have access to library resources at King County Library System. 

Use the link below to find relevant supplemental resources on your topic!
  • To Log in: use GRC + your student username. Example: GRCjsmith357

  • PIN number: your initial pin is the last four characters of your log in. Example: h357