The Pennsylvania Journal

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The Pennsylvania Journal was an American weekly newspaper published by William Bradford during the 18th century.

The first number of the The Pennsylvania Journal appeared in December 1742. A famous contributor was Thomas Paine, who published his first ever journalism in the Journal in 1775, and contributed a series of pamphleteering essays entitled The American Crisis from December 1776 onwards.[1] After Bradford's death in 1791, his son and business partner Thomas Bradford continued the journal, eventually changing its name to the True American.[2]


  1. Alfred McClung Lee, The daily newspaper in America, 2000, pp.91-2
  2. Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution, 1850, Vol. 2. Chapter 2