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JAMES BROOKS: JOURNALIST
Travels of an inquisitive newspaper reporter (1833-1836)

Journalists live in the present, reporting events, reflecting public opinion and helping to shape it; but, they have been accustomed to see their words rapidly lost, in the abyss of perishable newsprint.

James Brooks (1807-1873) wrote for his home-town newspaper, the Portland Advertiser (Maine). In his case, we have been fortunate in re-assembling three complete sequences of his work, written between 1833 and 1836. His innovative format (a travel journal) was a commercial success, and provided ample opportunities to express his opinions on society, government and the human condition.

INTRODUCTION
A Pioneer Political Journalist PDF
 
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Southern USA (1833)
The Slave States PDF
Maritime Provinces, Canada (1834)
New Brunswick + Nova Scotia PDF
Western Europe (1835-1836)
1. British Isles PDF
2. Rhine to Rhone PDF
3. Classic Italy PDF
4. Homeward Bound PDF
Miscellaneous
Excursion to Bangor (1833, report) PDF  
John Neal (1833, literary sketch) PDF  
Our Own Country (1835, essay) PDF  
The Downfall of Nations (1835, essay) PDF