Attached are another two excerts from the Raleigh Standard and the Weekly Raleigh Register. The first, published on April 16, 1862, by the Standard, is entitled “Conscription” and the second was published by the Register on April 30, 1862, is entitled “The New Military Bill.” Read the two articles and consider how the perspectives of the two authors were similar or different. Here are some questions to ponder:
- What do these articles suggest were important topics of discussion at this time in 1862?
- Can any bias be seen in the articles? What are some clues to the editors’ political affiliations?
- What might be the significance of the Register reprinting an article from the Richmond Enquirer? What might have been the Register's goals in choosing the content and tone for the article?
- What were the different papers' audiences?
- What kind of influence may the two articles have had over their readers?
- Might the articles reflect potential problems and tensions that were growing within North Carolina at the time?
- What research topics or questions do these articles illuminate? Where might you find more, similar articles?
- What role might time delays be playing in the publication dates of the articles?