The Press: 284 Years of News

One of the larger headlines in the Boston Chronicle of July 25, 1768 read: STRAYED. The copy beneath told of a lost "small red & white spotted cow"; the owner offered a reward of $2. Another item, headlined PROVIDENCE, told of that town's dedication of a "Great Elm Tree" to serve as its symbolic "Tree of Liberty." While digesting these and other colonial bulletins, a visitor to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington can wander backward or forward in American journalism to examine, say, the first regularly published newspaper in America (Boston News-Letter, 1704), or see news photos of the 1906...

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