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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rag Linen - Rare & Historic Newspapers

Rag Linen is an online museum of rare and historic newspapers. The newspapers on Rag Linen are arranged into ten collections. Eight of those collections are based upon events in North American and US History. The other two collections introduce readers to the history of newspapers and feature publisher imprints. Select any of the collections to find background information about an event and view newspapers published at the time about that event.

In addition to the newspaper collections, Rag Linen offers a nice selection of links to videos, blogs, and books related to newspapers' roles in recording history.

Applications for Education
Rag Linen could be a good place to find primary documents that offer students the opportunity to analyze events for themselves rather than relying upon a secondary source like a textbook. One way Rag Linen could be used is to have students read the newspaper accounts of the Battle of Lexington and Concord then compare what they find in those accounts to what they read in their textbooks or other secondary sources.

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