Special Report

How Newspapers Reported the Civil War

A collection of historic front pages shows how civilians experienced and read about the war

(Newseum Archives)

The British Workman

British Workman
(Newseum Archives)

Even foreign publications of the time were partisan in their war coverage. In November 1861, the British Workman, a monthly, published an engraving of a slave auction peopled with animated bidders and frightened slaves. In the top corner is written “Registered for Transmission Aboard” indicating the periodical was intended for American eyes.


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