The Civil War through the Journalist's Lens
In 1864, three young Quaker women started the Waterford News, a pro-Union newspaper located in their hometown inside Confederate lines, in order to lift the troops’ spirits and to let readers know that not all Southerners supported the rebels.
Use the magnifier to answer the following questions about the editorial (a newspaper article written by an editor that provides an opinion on an issue) in the Waterford News.
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Directions: Read the front page of the Waterford News below, utilizing the magnifier to help you. Then use the annotation tool to take notes on the following questions:
- Why do you think the three women started the Waterford News?
- Point to a specific example in the paper in which the editors were taking a risk in publishing the paper.
- Whose voices were represented in the paper? Not represented?
- What section interests you the most and why?
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Source: First issue of the Waterford News, a Union newspaper published in Confederate Virginia in 1864–1865. Photo courtesy of Waterford Foundation Archives and Local History Collection for educational purposes only.
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