Published in Philadelphia, the newspaper was purchased by BenjaminFranklin and Hugh Meredith in 1729. Franklin not only printed the paper but also contributed pieces under aliases. This newspaper was the first to print a political cartoon in America, "Join, or Die," authored by Franklin himself. This digital version of The Pennsylvania Gazette provides a first-hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the NewRepublic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectives of each of these periods. Also included is the full-text of such important writings as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Letters from a Farmer, Thomas Payne's Common Sense, The Federalist Papers and much more.
The Pennsylvania Gazette, published from 1728-1800, was one of the most prominent and successful newspapers in the American colonies and Early Republic.