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A Glimpse of News Past*

by Rita Frost Lynch

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In her attic Rita Frost Lynch found rare, intact copies of the Courier, Murfreesboro's first newspaper, from the years 1830-1832. Further research by Lynch revealed that no local archives had copies of the Courier from those years. Stories, business notices, advertisements, and news items offer rare insight into not only Rutherford County in the early 1830s, but also the world. Articles vary from an entertaining account of a young sleepwalker to an involved discussion of the present disturbances in Europe. Ads and essays give a first-hand look at the social culture of the age with shocking classified reporting runaway slaves and letters reminding women of their secondary status.… (more)
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In her attic Rita Frost Lynch found rare, intact copies of the Courier, Murfreesboro's first newspaper, from the years 1830-1832. Further research by Lynch revealed that no local archives had copies of the Courier from those years. Stories, business notices, advertisements, and news items offer rare insight into not only Rutherford County in the early 1830s, but also the world. Articles vary from an entertaining account of a young sleepwalker to an involved discussion of the present disturbances in Europe. Ads and essays give a first-hand look at the social culture of the age with shocking classified reporting runaway slaves and letters reminding women of their secondary status.

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