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Everything Changes: Newspapers and Democracy

“It would diminish the importance of [American  newspapers],” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in 1840, “to believe that they serve only to guarantee freedom; they maintain civilization.” In the four decades before these words were published, there had been an explosion of newspapers throughout America, from the great cities to the tiniest towns.  In 1810 there […]

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