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    The Spectator Archive

    Key Facts About This Resource

    Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Empire and Imperialism, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Medicine, Military, Political, Race, Religion, Science, Slavery
    Geographic Focus United States, Canada, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
    Chronology 1800s, 1900s, 2000s
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    The Spectator first emerged in 1828 promising to "convey intelligence." This archive contains digitized copies of every edition of the newspaper from 1828 to 2008. The Spectator represents an extremely important source for political and cultural information regarding Britain and its colonies. 

    There are two key ways to use the database. First, you can browse by issue if you are looking for a specific date. This is great for providing context. Secondly, you can search the database by keyword, topic, location, or date. The search feature is really quite good with this project. 

    What to Know:

    • Some of the transcriptions are not extremely accurate. Wherever possible, it is much better to actually view the scanned pages. 
    • The search feature is really useful, and it seems to do a good job of keeping results fairly accurate. 

    About Jonathan

    I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families. 

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