Necessity and the Invention of a Newspaper.

Debra Reddin Van Tuyll

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Starting a newspaper in the nineteenth century was a risky business, and this was especially true in the Civil War South where invading armies, spiraling inflation, and conscription laws were constant threats to physical facilities, financial success, and manpower Despite this, North Carolina Governor Zebulon B. Vance and the state's Conservative political party found the money and the will to establish a new daily to support the his re-election bid in 1864. Campaign papers were common in the 1800s, but while most shut down following an election, the Conservative continued to publish after Vance won. Records and archives document how it was financed, equipped, and staffed, providing an unprecedented glimpse into what it took to start a newspaper not only in the nineteenth century but during America's bloodiest war.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-97
Number of pages11
JournalJournalism history
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008


  • NORTH Carolina
  • UNITED States
  • VANCE, Zebulon Baird, 1830-1894
  • LITTLE, George
  • AMERICAN Civil War, 1861-1865
  • NEWSPAPERS -- History
  • GUBERNATORIAL elections -- Social aspects
  • POLITICAL participation
  • NORTH Carolina -- Politics & government -- 1861-1865


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