Newspapers shed light on events, public opinion, and social mores. Some titles are available through Tripod including:
New York Times Use the link for Proquest Historical Newspapers to have the best search options
America's Historical Newspapers link opens in a new wind
For a fuller list of titles in Tripod, see the page Historical Sources on the News Sources research guide.
The London Times often serves as a newspaper of record for historical events:
Times Digital Archive (London)
Search in WorldCat by subject as well as title: chinese newspapers Limited to Years 1880-1920
Look for the icon Microfilm. You will be able to borrow specific years on interlibrary loan.