Use Google search to find collections of freely available historical newspapers. Many U.S. states have digitization projects for historical newspapers, for example, New York State Historical Newspapers. Try a search using the name of the state and the keywords "historical newspapers".
Accessible Archives is a digital collection of material from the 18th and 19th centuries. It is an eclectic collection of newspapers and published texts. Highlights include a set of eight African American newspapers from the 19th century, including Frederick Douglass' Paper; full texts of county histories from, so far, 38 states; a collection of newspapers and texts about the Civil War; miscellaneous newspapers such as The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), The Virginia Gazette (1736-1780), William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator (1835-1865), and many others. View a list of the contents of the Accessible Archives collection here. Available only to Knox College affiliates.
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