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A woman’s right to vote The story of Lizzie Crozier French - Most modern newspapers across America have a section in them dedicated to the voices of the citizens within the communities they serve. These sections known generally as "Letters to the Editor" are one of the most important pages found in newspapers and have led to momentous changes in American society.

Brownlow's Whig - The Whig was a polemical American newspaper published and edited by William G. "Parson" Brownlow (1805–1877) in the mid-nineteenth century. As its name implies, the paper's primary purpose was the promotion and defense of Whig Party political figures and ideals. In the years leading up to the Civil War, the Whig became the mouthpiece for East Tennessee's anti-secessionist movement. The Whig was one of the most influential newspapers in nineteenth-century Tennessee, due mainly to Brownlow's editorials, which often included vindictive personal attacks and fierce diatribes.

George Roulstone - George Roulstone came to east Tennessee from his native Boston when he was 24 by way of North Carolina, where he had published two newspapers without much success. Packing his printing press on horseback, he crossed the Smokies into the Tennessee valley and headed for Knoxville, the territorial capital.

History of American Journalism - Journalism in America began as a humble affair and became a political force in the campaign for American independence.

History of the Knoxville News Sentinel - The Knoxville News, was established in 1921 by Robert P. Scripps and Roy W. Howard. The News did not align itself with any political party, and soon gained a reputation as an active voice against corruption and fiscal irresponsibility.

James Agee - James Rufus Agee was an American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the author a posthumous 1958 Pulitzer Prize.

Knoxville Gazette, The - The Knoxville Gazette was the first newspaper published in the U.S. state of Tennessee and the third published west of the Appalachian Mountains. Established by George Roulstone (1767–1804) at the urging of Southwest Territory governor William Blount, the paper's first edition appeared on November 5, 1791.

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