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A screen shot from Delivering Newspapers

In this 1899 movie, boys rush a horse-drawn newspaper van to get daily papers to sell

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The Nation's First Daily Newspaper Began Publication
September 21, 1784

During the 1780s and 1790s, citizens turned more and more to the press to keep up with political changes in the country. In response, several city newspapers began publishing daily.

The newspapers debated new amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Of course, it was the First Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing freedom of the press, that ensured newspapers would remain an important source of political debate and news. Big events such as the Spanish-American War created even greater markets for dailies. What do you like to read about in your local daily newspaper?

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VIDEO CREDIT: “Delivering newspapers,” 1903. Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number FEB 9798.