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Delaware straight-out truth teller. : ([Wilmington, Del.]) 1872-18??
Place of publication:
[Wilmington, Del.]
Geographic coverage:
  • Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
J.A. Brown & W. Dean
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Oct. 1872)-
  • English
  • Delaware--Wilmington.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01203983
  • Wilmington (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
sn 88053093
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Delaware Straight-Out Truth Teller

Based in Wilmington, the Delaware Straight-Out Truth Teller was first published in October 1872 by John A. Brown and William Dean. The newspaper was an outgrowth of national political dissension related to the presidential election of 1872. At its National Convention that year, the Republican Party split over a dispute regarding incumbent President Ulysses Grant’s running mate. Disturbed by accusations of corruption, some Republicans broke away to form the Liberal Republican Party. As a result, the Democrats at their National Convention in Baltimore, chose not to nominate their own candidate, but rather, to endorse the Liberal Republican candidate, Horace Greeley, and the new party’s platform in the hope of defeating Grant. Some Democrats opposed to Greeley’s nomination split to form what they called the Straight-Out Democratic Party, later known as the Bourbon Party. The Straight-Out Democrats endorsed Charles O’Conor and his running mate, John Quincy Adams II, of the Labor Reform Party.

The Delaware Straight-Out Truth Teller was established to promote the cause of O’Conor and Adams. Its editors argued that the platform proposed at the Democratic Convention in Baltimore indicated that the party was diverging from its traditional principles. They voiced their exasperation with the party stating, “How stands the Democratic party today? The rank and file completely bewildered and lost, at seeing so many of their former leaders joining hands with that hater and vilifier of everything Democratic—the negro-worshiping Horace Greeley.”

The Truth Teller strongly discouraged its readers from voting for Greeley, arguing that supporting Greeley was equivalent to supporting Grant: “Every Democratic vote for Greeley is a vote to wipe out the impress of Democratic principles from American politics, and to confirm every one of those dangerous and fatal doctrines which the Democratic party has steadily opposed for more than two thirds of a century.”

It is unclear when the Delaware Straight-Out Truth Teller ceased publication. It is not included in the 1873 edition of Rowell’s newspaper directory.

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