Chronicling America: Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Easy to use you can limit by state and date. Newspapers are a great source for understanding the issues of a particular time and peoples response. Review these older sources and you might discover that many of the same issues are topical today.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat
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