The website titled The Ancestor Hunter provides links to over 12,500 free historical newspapers. Scroll down the landing page and you will come to an alphabetical list of U.S. states that are hot links. To the right of each state name is the number of newspapers available at that link.
When you click on a state link, you will be taken to a page giving some background to newspapers in the state, a list of free sites (usually a list of cities and newspapers associated with them), and a list also of pay sites. You will also find a list of other links that may be profitable to follow. The collections listed are not necessarily original; that is, this site consolidates other collections such as the Library of Congress' Chronicling America collection and Google News Archive. But there are certainly a huge number of direct newspaper sites...and the consolidations, while not original, are very helpful.
This is a great site which is updated frequently.
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