I have to write a newspaper for my history class during the Gilded Age period. Can you please help with places to get info?I have to write a newspaper for my history class. I have to write 3...

I have to write a newspaper for my history class during the Gilded Age period. Can you please help with places to get info?

I have to write a newspaper for my history class. I have to write 3 stories per section, 5 stories. I have to find actual stories from the gilded age then summarize them in my own words. My sections are 1.Main, 2.Opinion/Politics (including an editorial and a political cartoon), 3.Sports (I can have 3 stories and a box score?? or 3 stories.. whats a box score?), 4.International-indian wars, and 5.Business.

I need help finding places to read actual stories from the time period. I've been to my library, and they don't have old newspapers from that time. Please help me with websites or different things I can do! Thanks!!

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dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What an interesting assignment.  It is important that your 'newspaper' be valid with respect to time.  Labeled by satarist Mark Twain, 'The Guilded Age' was approximately the time between 1880 through the early 1900's therefore your history must follow suit.  In order to accomplish this be sure to address the following:

1. Dates of the news articles must be close enough to support the timeframe

2. Which newspapers you are researching (because they will have their own bias)

3. Major newspapers of the day will allow you to cover the stories of international importance


Newspaper archives are an excellent source of information.  For example; the websites of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have archival access.  This might be a good place to begin your research.  Depending upon where you live, you could probably access the same type of archival information from any of the major newspapers (that were in print during that period) This will afford you the opportunity to see the news from the perspective of those who lived where you live.

Good Luck!!!!

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In terms of political cartoons of the time, there is link below that might help.  I might also suggest investigating the political cartoons of Thomas Nast, who used political machine regular Boss Tweed as a target.  Additionally, the second link below talks about primary sources, including newspaper clippings from the Chicago Fire.  These might give you a good feel for how a newspaper should look from the time period.  The editorial component might be very interesting.  Being able to write about a particular topic from the point of view of a newspaper editor would be quite interesting.  Perhaps you will write in favor of industrial practices, or write from the point of view that the "gig is up" and that some new policies regarding business practices are in order.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A box score is this thing from baseball (or other sports) that shows the statistics from a game.  Like how many times some guy batted and how many hits he got, etc.

If you really need to look at things that were actually written during that time, it's going to be a bit tough...

Here are a few links that might be of use.  I do not know if they actually will be, but I hope they will.  I think the first of these links that you should look at is the "harpweek" one because it has to do with Harper's Weekly, which was a magazine that was published back then.  If this site doesn't work for you, try searching for that magazine...

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a lot places to go about the gilded age. What you need to do is narrow down your topics. I think that one of the most interesting topics that you can study is the economy in view of our economy. In some ways it all started during the gilded age, the age of J. P. Morgan and other moguls. For a quick start, what you can do is go to google and search under the news tab. What is even greater is that you can set the parameters to show you articles based on time. So, search the gilded years and do key words like banking, industrial growth, oil, and stocks. These things should get you started.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Sometimes you can go to your local paper. They probably have archives if they existed then. Do you have to read the acual articles? Or can you just do research? You can also go to a local university. Sometimes they keep archives of papers.