We’ve just added two early Charlotte newspapers to the North Carolina Newspapers digital collection. The Catawba Journal (1824-1828) and the Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal (1830-1835) document life in a town that was very different from today’s thriving metropolis.
The Catawba Journal covered news of national and local importance, and printed some of the early discussions about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal included news of a more practical nature, especially for those active in mining what was then known as the “gold region” of North Carolina. Both titles include a wealth of fascinating information: the articles, reprints, and advertisements give a rich impression of life in Charlotte in the early 19th century.