The Press: Under New Management

The first newspaper in America came out in Boston Sept. 25, 1690, and was slapped down the same day. It was banned by Governor Simon Bradstreet for want of a license, and for an unseemly leer at Louis XIV of France ("If reports be true," gossiped Editor Ben Harris, "[he] used to sleep with the Sons Wife").

Last week, after a mere 256 years of suspended animation, the name, of the first paper had life again. Publick Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick, got safely past Vol. I, No. 2. Under its new management, it saw no need to change its aims with...

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