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Newspapers and other forms of media have recorded everything from political arguments to world wars. News coverage of war and conflict can cover large issues like battle descriptions, to personal issues like the struggles of a single soldier.

Wars and political conflict have always held people's interest, even those not directly linked to them. Ancestry has an impressive collection of military newspapers and newsreel videos that will help you understand the issues your ancestor may have dealt with.

Newsreels give you a look at the conflicts as they were seen by Americans on the home front, and Stars and Stripes newspapers kept soldiers informed of military news, and included other historical items.

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