"Death to Bourbonism!": The Wedge

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The Library has in its collections a very unique and rare newspaper: The Wedge.  This newspaper is not only an interesting piece of local history, but it also is an artifact from a little-known, but highly-important time in Virginia history.

The Wedge is generally understood to be the first newspaper published inNewport News,VA.  It was also the local organ for the short-lived Readjuster Party, a state-wide organization made up of disaffected Democrats, Republicans and African-Americans that coalesced in opposition to the “Bourbon” Democrats during the late 1870s and early 1880s.   Read more