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19th Century Advice Columns

2011 October 26

In the mid-nineteenth century, many southern newspaper editors filled gaps in their issues with advice columns. These columns often took the form of proverbs that preached virtuous behavior. The editors also included agricultural instruction, housekeeping solutions, and advice on everyday living.  Generally, they were written by the newspaper’s editor, but also included reprints from magazines and newspapers from around the country. Presented below is a compilation of advice columns from issues of Milledgeville’s Federal Union in 1868. These issues and many others can be found in the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive. One last note: The advice is nearly one hundred and fifty years old, so please approach it with caution. There is no guarantee that peach leaves will cure your foot if you step on a nail.

Federal Union, July 14, 1868

Federal Union, September 8, 1868

Federal Union, July 14, 1868

Federal Union, May 12, 1868

Federal Union, July, 14, 1868

Federal Union, July 14, 1868

Federal Union, June 30, 1868


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  1. October 27, 2011

    The last two are still very sage advice for today IMO. Also sound advice on getting out stains.

    PETA would be all over them for the rat thing.

  2. November 16, 2011

    lol on Federal Union, September 8, 1868 😛
    Liked the others as well!

  3. Haley permalink
    December 12, 2011

    i’m writing a newspaper for the civil war and i needed an advice column!! this really helped

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