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The Polk County Republican. : (Ducktown, Tenn.) 1914-191?
Place of publication:
Ducktown, Tenn.
Geographic coverage:
  • Ducktown, Polk, Tennessee  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
F.P. James
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 20, 1914)-
  • English
  • Ducktown (Polk County, Tenn.)--Newspapers.
  • Polk County (Tenn.)--Newspapers.
  • Tennessee--Polk County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01213497
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Publisher: F.P. James, 1914-<1918>
sn 89058068
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The Polk County Republican

In 1914, F.P. James established the Polk County Republican in Ducktown, Tennessee, to serve the county's more than 14,000 residents. James published and edited the Republican each Friday, and, in the tradition of family newspaper operations dating to the colonial era, Mrs. F.P. James served as the associate editor. Circulation numbered approximately 500 in 1915. An annual subscription was one dollar, but readers could also capitalize on a special offer that allowed them to receive an additional subscription to the Nashville Banner or the St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat for $3.60 or $2.90, respectively.

In the inaugural issue of the Polk County Republican, F.P. James told readers that he hoped that the partisan newspaper would find "favor in the eyes of those who honor us by patronizing it, be he friend or foe - politically." James explained that, "The political aspect of the paper will be Republican - the party responsible for the greatest era of prosperity that this country has ever enjoyed," but he assured readers that "Locally, the paper stands for what is for the best interests of Polk County." The Republican provided local news ranging from politics and agriculture to sport. The paper relied on local correspondents for many of these accounts, and the editor insisted that writers included their names to protect against "fake" news. The front page of every issue was taken up with "Editorial Paragraphs" - snappy one- or two-liners commenting on everything from local politics or the nation's economy to the war in Europe. On its inside pages, the paper carried ads for both local and national businesses and services.

Strong competition from other county newspapers meant that the Republican lasted only a few years, and by 1920 it had ceased publication.

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