1865-1870 Harper’s Weekly: Civil War, President Lincoln’s Funeral, The First Vote

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Collection of Bound Harper’s Weekly Issues

This collection of Harper’s Weekly Civil War issues spans the years 1865 to 1870. These five bound volumes offer insight into pivotal moments in American history, including President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction era.

This collection includes five bound volumes of Harper’s Weekly issues for the full year of publications dating from 1865-1870. Some of the issues highlight the funeral of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and the First Vote.

Discovering Harper’s Weekly

Harper’s Weekly, published from 1857 to 1916, was a prominent journal featuring political commentary, global news, literature, and illustrations. It was widely read during the Civil War and remains a useful historical resource.

Harper’s Weekly vs. Harper’s Magazine

Harper’s Weekly and Harper’s Monthly (also known as Harper’s Magazine) were both publications under the Harper & Brothers publishing company, but they differed significantly in their publication frequency and content.

Harper’s Weekly, published on a weekly basis, earned its reputation as “A Journal of Civilization” for its diverse array of content, including political commentary, global news coverage, literature, and illustrations.

During the Civil War, Harper’s Weekly gained widespread recognition for its comprehensive coverage of the conflict, making it highly coveted by collectors.

On the other hand, Harper’s Monthly, later known as Harper’s Magazine, was a monthly publication focusing on longer-form essays, fiction, and cultural commentary. In fact, Harper’s Magazine is still around today, known as America’s oldest monthly publication.

While both publications shared a legacy within the Harper & Brothers publishing company, their content and readership demographics often differed.

Harper’s Weekly often attracts collector interest for certain issues, particularly for its coverage of significant historical events like the Civil War, while Harper’s Monthly catered to a different audience with its emphasis on literary and cultural topics.

Bound yearly volumes of Harper’s Weekly, like those in this collection, offer a more comprehensive view of historical periods and tend to be more sought after by collectors.

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