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New Orleans Republican. [volume] : (New Orleans, La) 1867-1878
Place of publication:
New Orleans, La
Geographic coverage:
  • New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
S.L. Brown & Co.
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 10, 1867)-v. 11, no. 23 (Nov. 10, 1878).
Weekly Apr. 7, 1877-1878
  • English
  • Louisiana--New Orleans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204311
  • New Orleans (La.)--Newspapers.
  • "Official journal of the state of Louisiana." 1867-June 1877; official organ of the Republican party of the state of Louisiana, Jan. 31, 1868-July 12, 1869.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Suspended, July 1877; resumed with Sept. 21, 1878 issue.
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New Orleans Republican

In its final issue, the editors of the New Orleans Republican looked back on the newspaper's 11-year history. Founded in 1867, two years after the end of the Civil War, its purpose had been "to organize the patriotic sentiment of [Louisiana] into harmonious relations with the Federal government, to reconcile the defeated portion of our population to the changes in institutions and political principles produced by the war, and to readjust in accordance with those changes the relations between the white and colored races in the State-in other words, to develop and express the then latent Republicanism of this community." The editors admitted that they had largely failed in their mission and that though the paper had claimed to have the largest circulation of any Republican newspaper in the South, those who read it risked "social and business ostracism."

Early on, Generals Benjamin Butler and Nathaniel Banks, commanders of Federal forces in New Orleans during Reconstruction, had published a letter vouching for the loyalty of the paper's owner, S. L. Brown & Company. The Republican eventually became one of three newspapers controlled by Michael Hahn. Born in Germany but raised and educated in Louisiana, Hahn had served as governor of Union-occupied Louisiana in 1864-65 and was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1865 but never took office because of factional struggles within the Republican Party and delays in Louisiana being readmitted to the Union. The paper continued to support Louisiana's Radical Republican regime under William R. Fish, who became chief editor in 1872, joined one year later by Thomas G. Tracy.

Most issues consist heavily of editorials, political speeches, news of Republican meetings and clubs, and statements of the party's platform. The text of laws passed in Congress and the Louisiana legislature was often reprinted in the Republican, along with legal notices, city ordinances, and proceedings of the New Orleans city council. Other content included letters from correspondents in Washington, New York, London, Paris, and other cities; news briefs from throughout Louisiana; commercial news and advertisements; articles on popular entertainment venues such as the New Orleans opera; announcements of public sales and auctions; and the U. S. Marshal's monitions, mostly pertaining to the seizure of contraband liquor and trading vessels. Also of interest are articles written in an exaggerated Southern dialect by Petroleum V. Nasby, a fictional character created by Northern political commentator and humorist David Ross Locke to ridicule Democrats and ex-Confederates.

The New Orleans Republican was published six days a week in four to eight pages; in 1877, it became a semiweekly and then, in 1878, a weekly. The last issue appeared on November 10, 1878.

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