Southern newspapers before the Civil War were individualistic, caustic, and for the most part politically partisan. The typical newspaper devoted a page to foreign news, contained a section devoted to literary items, and had an outspoken editorial page. Editors borrowed liberally from each other, usually but not always citing the sources of their borrowings. The last page was filled with advertisements but they were also scattered throughout the paper, frequently appearing on page one.
Rogers, William Warren
"Newspaper Mottoes in Ante-Bellum Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 42
, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol42/iss2/6