Obama Wins… What newspapers provide…

November 5, 2008 by  
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Regardless of your view on the recent U.S. election, one thing is for certain: Barack Obama’s victory was a very significant and historic event! If you collect historic newspapers you’ve been able to follow the progression of African Americans – from slavery, through the early rumblings of the abolitionist/anti-slavery movement, into the struggle for emancipation (both officially and pragmatically), to achieve the right to vote, followed by the struggle of the civil rights movement, and finally, to the top and most honored position of all – The President of the United States.  It has been a long and hard-fought struggle, but thanks to all that has made our country great, it was a struggle with hope.  The realization of this hope has set the stage for a new era in this great experiment in self-government.  The melting pot is working, evolving the United States into a country where there are no African-American, Latino-American, Anglo-American, Mexican-American, etc. citizenry, but rather, one united citizenry poised to return to the great American Dream founded on the principles wisely set forth by our forefathers and supported by the many men and women who have given their lives in the cause of this great hope…  And it has been and will continue to be chronicled passionately in rare and historic newspapers.

Note:  To all those who have African American and/or slavery/anti-slavery newspaper collections:  Don’t forget to obtain a USA Today, Washington Post, or similar newspaper containing the election results. Although it may not have siginificant financial value at the moment, my guess is there are many who have gone before us whom would declare it “PRICELESS”.  🙂

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2 Responses to “Obama Wins… What newspapers provide…”

  1. b. garrett meadows on January 20th, 2009 11:19 pm

    Please, I need advice and guidance. i would like to purchase newspapers with headlines dealing with VJ Day, VE Day, and the end of WW II. With so many to choose from, and with a limited budget, what criteria should I use when selecting one paper for each event?

  2. GuyHeilenman on January 28th, 2009 10:04 am

    When it comes to VE and VJ Day papers, our opinion is that condition aside, displayability is everything. They are still relatively common, and since the event had worldwide impact, the paper’s location is only slightly consequential.

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