Philadelphia Inquirer, 1860-2001

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Philadelphia Inquirer, PQHN: PI

Full-text searchable access to the complete backfile of The Philadelphia Inquirer, including original page images digitized from microfilm.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the longest surviving daily newspapers in the United States, is known for its coverage of the American Civil War which was popular with readers on both sides; its published works by Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe; and its reporting of breaking news in the city, country, and around the world. From the first shots fired upon Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War, to the assassination of civil rights advocate Octavius V. Catto over the right for Blacks to vote; from the flu pandemic of 1918 that killed 12,000 Philly residents in one month -- and 675,000 in all nationwide -- to the debut of a local dance show, American Bandstand in 1952, The Philadelphia Inquirer offers a regional perspective of an exceptionally unique mix of historical events as they unfolded. 

For recent or current coverage: The Proquest US Newsstream provides full text access to The Philadelphia Inquirer for the period from 1983-present. The Proquest News & Current Events collection allows searching across the current and historical versions of this and other newspapers. 

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