This Just In….

The environment in which we exist today often provides us with news while it is actually happening or at least within five minutes of the occurrence.  We hear terms like “live” and “late breaking” and we are bombarded with multi levels of scrolling text miles long situated along the side of the screen and across the bottom.  We can’t get away from the news!  

What was it like though for individual’s living pre-24 hour news?  Were people aware of national and international news the way that we are today?  Did their lives exist in a vacuum as we often think that they did?

To discover the answer, I chose the earliest newspaper account that we house here at The Local History Room, The State Advocate from March 16, 1833.  Newspaper accounts from over 100 years ago in Columbus, Mississippi reveal a keen awareness of local, national, and even international events. 

The following excerpt is an article originally published in the New York Standard that discusses Daniel O’Connell and his quest to fight barriers throughout the United Kingdom against Roman Catholics.

[Daniel O’Connell, known as “the Liberator,” was born on 6 August 1775 near Cahirciveen, Ireland and died in 1847 in Genoa, Italy.  O’Connell fought fiercely against the Coercion Act of 1833 which gave wide powers to British authorities in Ireland in an effort to overcome the refusal of Catholic tenants to pay the tithe.—]



Reading further in the paper, one sees several national articles from The Western Carolinian of South Carolina and both the The Taunton Whig and The Taunton Gazette of Massachusetts.  There is also more local news from places such as Mobile, Natchez, Philadelphia (Mississippi), Carrollton, and Athens in Monroe County.

It is evident from papers such as this one that people here in Lowndes County were just as “connected” to world events as we are now.  Although definitely not on a round-the-clock schedule!

Published in: on January 7, 2009 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

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