What is a broadside?

Broadsides, or broadsheets, are items printed on one side of a sheet of paper and generally posted or distributed as advertisements or bulletins. They were an effective means of connecting people and conveying information. Often broadsides reported newsworthy events or provided additional information or instructions, as this example illustrates.

Broadside advertisement for the Sons of Liberty, circa 1765.

Broadside advertisement for the Sons of Liberty, circa 1765.