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        The Archive of American Journalism began as a private collection of the long-neglected, hard-to-find works of major American journalists. We now have five books in print, four new books in production for 2018, and an online compilation of more than 6,000 freely accessible works by 16 major American authors. This innovative resource presents all articles with their original titles and format, and unabridged. The collection is organized by author and in chronological order for the ease of students, teachers, historians and casual readers. With a title or date, users can access a full-text, printable PDF of any article within seconds. (We are now in the process of converting our PDFs to more user-friendly and visually inviting WordPress pages.) Valuable time used in browsing "sponsored" search engines, thumbing through confusing bibliographies, and wandering the dusty halls of labyrinthine academic libraries can instead be spent reading, studying and enjoying the original texts. 

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Voter Fraud

Fraud Charged

The Republican Primaries

Conducted Dishonestly

Topeka State Journal/March 18, 1895

A Real King

The Kaiser as Seen in Germany

McClure's/January, 1901​

Texas Hurricane

Texas City's Woe

Mitchell (SD) Capital/September 20, 1900

Solar Eclipse

In Eclipse Today

Topeka State Journal/June 8, 1918

Domestic Terrorism

Bomb Kills 29 and Injures 200;

J.P. Morgan's Office Wrecked

New York Tribune/September 17, 1920

Health Care

On Medical Fees

H.L. Mencken

Baltimore Evening Sun/June 24, 1910


What are Our Immigrants Worth

in Dollars and Cents?

San Francisco Call/September 25, 1907

Some of the Peculiarities, Both Picturesque and Otherwise,

Of Our Italian Fellow Citizens

New York Tribune/July 12, 1903

Trouble in Venezuela

Venezuela as a Regrettable Phenomenon

Ambrose Bierce

New York American/December 16, 1902

The Opioid Crisis

How Whites Smoke Opium in Chinatown

San Francisco Call/August 4, 1895

Dangerous North Korea

Travel in Korea

Jack London

San Francisco Examiner/N.D.

The Klan

War on Races in the South

Daily Phoenix/April 15, 1868

The Ku Klux Klan. What Is It?

Anderson Intelligencer/April 29, 1868

The Secrets of the Ku Klux Klan

National Opinion/May 1, 1868


Ku Klux Klan

Daily State Register (Carson City)/

March 29, 1871

"What . . . No Kardashians??"


St. Paul, Minnesota                  Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weapons of Mass Destruction

World Mastery Lies in "Dew of Death"

New York Herald/May 8, 1921

EV vs. Gas-Powered

The Automobile in Common Use

McClure's/July, 1899

War on the Media

Mussolini Jolts Italian Editors​

Spokesman-Review/July 2, 1926​

Russian Scandals

Mystic Peasant Who Ruled Czar
New York Sun/January 7, 1917

The Hyperloop

Traveling at Five Hundred

Miles an Hour a Possibility

New York Sun/January 7, 1917

The Republican Divide

President Makers 

New York Sun/June 11, 1916

Single Payer Insurance

Health Insurance a Most Vital Need

New York Sun/May 28, 1916


England's Trouble in the Far East

Daily Intermountain/March 31, 1900

The Bombing of Kabul

Great Falls Daily Tribune/June 12, 1919

The 1917 World Series

by Damon Runyon

32,000 Rabid Fans Cheer 

White Sox in Beating Giants
Washington Herald/October 7, 1917

White Sox Hit Hard and Win
Washington Herald/October 8, 1917

Benton Beats Sox Smilingly
Washington Herald/October 11, 1917

Kauff is Hero in Giants Win Over Chicago
Washington Herald/October 12, 1917

Giants Leave NY in Happy Mood
Washington Herald/October 13, 1917

White Sox Rally,

Defeating Giants in Erratic Game

Washington Herald/October 14, 1917

White Sox Land Title Series

on Zim's Bone Play
Washington Herald/October 16, 1917

Ambrose Bierce on Evolution

San Francisco News Letter/August 31, 1869

Science Department

Yet Another Outrageous, Horrifying



Screen Star in Court!

Seattle Star/September 12, 1921

Arbuckle Tight in Toils

Butler Times/September 12, 1921

Arbuckle Case to Bare Revels of

Moving Picture World​

Bisbee Daily Review/September 18, 1921

How the Film Stars Cut

Up at Naughty Hollywood

Washington Times/February 12, 1922 

         "The editor of the Barnacle has a hobby which he has ridden for a number of years, to the perfect satisfaction of his readers and the unspeakable delight of ourselves. That hobby—now somewhat sore in the back—is the Darwinian theory. How much the rider knows about his horse will be seen from the following, upon the freedom of thoughts: “One man is not to be deterred from advocating the Darwinian theory because his neighbor is shocked at the idea that man is a development of the monkey.” Very true, but he ought to be debarred from advocating it if he shocks his neighbor at his utter ignorance of what it really is. The Darwinian theory, James, does not imply that man is “a development of the monkey,” but that both are descended from a common parent. See the difference? Your error is the same as if you should claim to be the offspring of a mule, instead of admitting that the ass is the father of both the mule and yourself. In the one case you would assert a physical impossibility, in the other you would simply support an extremely probable hypothesis.."

 . . . War Ellipses . . . 

The World War II Commentary of Walter Winchell

An Archive Special Collection

Broadway Rhythm

St. Petersburg Times/August 2, 1944

Appearing in

October, 2017

"Opinions Under Arrest: 

The Palmer Raids"

An Archive Exclusive Collection

        The detonation of an anarchist's bomb on his front doorstep inspired Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer to embark on a sweeping campaign of arrests, trials and deportations for the crime of Socialism, and other incorrect opinions. Unaware of the meaning of the First Amendment, the mainstream media went right along with it, adding fuel to the public ire and demanding the expulsion of non-conformists such as Rosa Luxembourg and Alexander Berkman. The sorry episode ended with Palmer himself in legal jeopardy for his department's groundless confiscation of private property through the Alien Property Office. 

        Our new collection "Reporting: The Palmer Raids" presents in their entirety 50 contemporary newspaper accounts--a compelling primary source record of an important and relevant episode in American history. 

    "While waiting for the game to begin the National Commission got together and decided the place of the seventh game, if it is necessary to play a seventh. Garry Herrmann, chairman of the commission, tossed a coin, and Harry Hempstead, president of the Giants, gave Charley Comiskey the call. The “Old Roman” called heads and the coin fell tails.
    It was the first time Hempstead had won a toss. He missed three straight calls in tossing for the opening game.
    On that occasion the coin twice fell off a table. This time Hempstead insisted on having it tossed on the floor. 'I don’t want any more tables,' he said."

​--Damon Runyon, "White Sox Rally, Defeating Giants in Erratic Game," Washington Herald, October 14, 1917

 The Last Rail: Building the Transcontinental Railroad

An Archive Collection

 Ceremonies on Laying the Last Rail

 The Weekly Arizonan/June 5, 1869

 The Road That is Built

 Montana Post/May 14, 1869

 The Last Rail

 Highland Weekly News/May 20, 1869

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"New York Noveletic:Broadway is flooded with ambitious youth. Such were this stage-struck girl and newcomer-wrighter—ambitious in love . . . You can see hundreds of them in New York making park benches their thrones, holding hands in movie balconies or chop-suey joints—walking along the Drive, drinking in the moon and stars—not saying a word—while music runs through their veins and their hearts dance . . . All they hope, pray and hunger for is success. They want life to hug them and make their cheeks bloom . . . Two young people in a strange town finding a home in each other’s memory. Well, one day she got a bit part in a show, clicked and was whisked off to Hollywood . . . He went into an ad agency.

        For a while love letters were swapped at a fast clip, then the traffic slowed down, limped along, and finally ceased . . . Love had “taken a powder” . . . A run-out . . . They were riding to the moon on their careers, they couldn’t think of anything else . . . Soon, Christmas cards were their only contact. And now they both have everything they came to New York to get—dreams come true . . . But they are not as happy as they were when they had nothing—except each other."

                                                      --Walter Winchell, "New York Heartbeat," May 3, 1940



Walter Winchell

Damon Runyon

Westbrook Pegler

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Three stories from

The Impending


Man Dies in Sauerkraut Contest:

​Cabbage and Bootleg Blamed

Los Angeles Evening Herald/February 1, 1922

Flasks in Stockings of Flappers at Exclusive School Brings Arrest of Church Organist

as Rum Seller

Washington Times/July 23, 1922

Child, 11, Admits

Hammering Her Mother to Death

Spartanburg Herald-Journal/April 5, 1940

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