Broadax

1895 - 1899

One talented, early-day publisher, Julius F. Taylor, unveiled the Broad Ax, September 14, 1895. Mr. Taylor was black and his paper presented viewpoints of his race. The newspaper philosophy was described in a masthead box: "Will promulgate and at all times uphold the true principles of Democracy, but farmers, Catholics, Protestants, Knights of Labor, Infidels, Mormons, Priests Republicans or anyone else can have their say so long as their language is proper and responsibility is fixed. The Broad Ax is a newspaper whose platform is broad enough for all, ever claiming the editorial right to speak its own mind." The Broad Ax had a running feud with a newspaper called the Plain Dealer, and frequently referred to it as the Plain Double-Dealer. The Broad Ax was often praised by other Utah Journalists and the Wasatch Wave described Taylor as a "Bright, intelligent young man…" Taylor's minority status was a minor hindrance as was demonstrated by his election as Historian of Utah State Press Association. The Broad Ax closed its doors after producing the June 6, 1899 edition and moved to Chicago.


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