The Passing of the Springfield Republican

The Passing of the Springfield Republican

The Passing of the Springfield Republican

The Passing of the Springfield Republican

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On September 26, 1946, the Springfield Republican, which Horace Greeley once described as "the best and ablest country journal ever published on this continent," ceased publication after more than a century of distinguished service to the people of Western Massachusetts. A pioneer in the field of independent journalism, the Republican had achieved national prestige and influence, and had earned for itself and its editors a position of lasting importance in the history of American journalism.

The purpose of this study is to examine some of the economic developments which led to the death of the Republican and to relate them to the broader problem of newspaper monopoly and freedom of the press. The writer was a member of the Republican's news staff from 1936 to 1939, and again in 1946 for a few months before it suspended publication. Much of the material used in this study has been drawn from the sources indicated in the text or in the footnote references, but some of it is based on personal observation and experience. Wherever possible, the latter material has been documented by references to newspaper files or other public records.

JOHN J. SCANLON

Amherst College

September, 1949 . . .

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