Resource Spotlight: A New Nation Votes: Election Returns from 1787 to 1825

A colleague brought to my attention a terrific online resource called A New Nation Votes. It is a searchable collection of election returns from 1787 to 1825. The collection is maintained by the American Antiquarian Society and Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives. Funding for the project was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The data available is very diverse. It involves all offices at the federal state and local levels, including presidential elections, town clerk elections, and every office in between.

You can narrow your search of election returns by StateYearOfficeJurisdictionParty, and Election Type.


American Antiquarian Society Online Resource: The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865

The role of the media in this year’s presidential elect cycle has received quite a bit of attention. For educators and citizens who are interested in exploring how the news and public information have influenced the public and private lives of the American people from 1730 through the Civil War, I recommend this great free digital resource from the American Antiquarian Society.

The sites covers the following content areas –

(1) News in Colonial America

(2) News in the Age of Revolution

(3) News in Antebellum America

(4) News and the Civil War