Todd Andrlik is among the nation's leading authorities on 18th century newspapers. He built one of the most significant collections of American Revolution era newspapers – containing the earliest printed reports of practically every major event and battle, 1763 to 1783 – which are featured in Reporting the Revolution and digitally preserved at ReportingTheRevolution.com.
Todd is also the curator and publisher of RagLinen.com, an online museum and educational archive of historically significant newspapers dating back to the 16th century. Collaborating with individuals and institutions, including the Library of Congress, Todd helps others build private and public collections of these treasured relics. Beyond the acquisition, research and digital preservation of early newspapers, Todd also takes an active role in their physical conservation. Through a partnership with one of the top paper conservators in the world, Todd helps save damaged newspapers from loss and restores the artifacts as close as possible to their original condition.
His passion for newspaper history stems from a career in media and marketing. Todd heads the marketing and media operations for one of the nation's largest construction, design-build and commercial real estate development firms. Todd has authored or ghost-authored thousands of published articles and, as a social media pioneer, created the Advertising Age Power 150, a global ranking of the top marketing and media blogs.
Todd earned his BA in public relations from Illinois State University and his MBA from Roosevelt University. He studied international business at Salzburg College, Austria. Todd serves on the advisory board of the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, the only colonial-era printing experience along Boston's historic Freedom Trail. He frequently writes for Patriots of the American Revolution magazine, and is a member of the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA), the American Revolution Association (ARA) and the Associates of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC).
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Colonial newspapers published between 1763 and 1783 fanned the flames of rebellion in America, provided critical correspondence during the war, sustained loyalty to the cause and ultimately aided in the outcome. Reporting the Revolution (Sourcebooks, November 2012) brings an unprecedented look at colonial newspapers detailing the biggest battles and milestones as well as often overlooked events of the American Revolution.
Through vivid eyewitness accounts, battlefield letters and breaking news compiled from hundreds of newspapers – printed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean – the story of the American Revolution is unlike any version that has been told. It is raw and uncut, full of intense action, drama and suspense. From start to finish, these frontline newspapers deliver incomparable insight about America’s founding and combine to reveal one of the most real and comprehensive narratives of the Revolutionary Era, loaded with amazing characters, better-than-fiction plot twists and the perfect climax. This is history in its purest form.
Author/Editor Todd Andrlik is among the nation’s leading authorities on 18th century newspapers. He built one of the most significant private collections of American Revolution era newspapers, containing the earliest printed reports of practically every major event and battle, which he is making public for the first time ever with this book.
Coming together to help put the original newspapers accounts in context are 37 top historians -- including professors, scholars, authors and park rangers -- who have contributed more than 60 fascinating essays. These essays chronicle the impact these papers made on America's War of Independence.
In addition to the 400-page, full-color book, Todd Andrlik and Sourcebooks are launching a sensational multimedia package complete with website, digital archive of 300+ Revolutionary newspapers, interactive app, video, audio and educational lesson plans. With Reporting the Revolution, we are bringing the 18th century to the 21st.
How long have you been at work on this book?
Five years building the collection
One year writing and editing
How did the idea originate?
Natural evolution of raglinen.com. It was a no-brainer after reading hundreds of pages of colonial newspapers -- this (the American Revolution) was a story that needed to be told through newspapers of the period.
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
37 guest authors = top historians = professors, scholars, authors, park rangers, etc.