Digital Paxton: Digital Collection, Critical Edition, and Teaching Platform


The following issues of the Pennsylvania Gazette were digitized by the American Antiquarian Society thanks to the support of a Lapidus Initiative Digital Collections Fellowship from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture. (Please reference Credits for complete acknowledgements.) 

One of the most prominent newspapers in colonial America, the Pennsylvania Gazette was printed by Benjamin Franklin himself. Given Franklin’s active participation in the Paxton debate, his paper offers a backdrop against which to read his arguments and to measure changes in colonial settlement policy. The Gazette also offers a rich, weekly record of affairs within in the colony and across the Atlantic.

The publication traverses the Paxton print debate (1763-64) and situates that massacre in a wider context of indigenous warfare. The 22 curated issues span from Pontiac’s Rebellion (June 9, 1763) through the 1764 election results (December 27, 1764).
 We have currently digitized 22 issues of the Gazette, arranged chronologically in the path below "Contents."

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