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El imparcial. [volume] : (Phoenix, Ariz.) 1937-19??
Place of publication:
Phoenix, Ariz.
Geographic coverage:
  • Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
C.B. Bautista
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (12 de marzo de 1937)-
  • Spanish
  • Arizona--Phoenix.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01213753
  • Hispanic Americans--Newspapers.
  • Hispanic Americans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00957523
  • Mexican Americans--Newspapers.
  • Mexican Americans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01019072
  • Phoenix (Ariz.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • In Spanish.
sn 96060867
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El imparcial

The Spanish-language newspaper, El Imparcial, debuted on March 12, 1937. The paper was published by Carlos B. Bautista for the Mexican American community in Phoenix, Arizona. Bautista was a well-known journalist in Arizona, having been a publisher of the Tucson newspaper, El Fronterizo, in the late 1920s.

The newspaper's masthead carried the slogan: "El Periodico Destinado a Llenar el Vacio que Existe en el Campo de la Prensa en Espanol en el Valle del Rio Salado" ("The newspaper destined to fill the void that exists in the field of Spanish press in the Salt River Valley"). Each issue included an editorial page and in the debut edition, it ran a column, "Una Razon de 'El Imparcial'" ("A Reason for 'El Imparcial'") that stated: "'El Imparcial' será la arteria por donde irá la corriente de ideas y pensamientos a todos, para beneficio local, social, y humanitario" ("'El Imparcial' will be the vein through which the flow of ideas and thoughts will go to everyone, for local, social, and humanitarian benefit").

The four-page paper was filled with local information, such as news about politics, crimes, and the economy. El Imparcial also included labor news, and in several issues of the paper reported on the boycott of a store in Tucson that had discriminated against Mexican American employees. From birth announcements and obituaries to the comings and goings of community members, from reporting on the local Boy Scout troop to the local Catholic church, El Imparcial was focused on and supportive of the Mexican American community in Phoenix. The paper featured activities of the civic organizations, Junta Patriótica and Alianza Hispano Americana, and regularly dedicated space to announcements about meetings and events. In its first issue, El Imparcial printed a notice, "A Los Grupos Sociales de Habla Española" ("To the Spanish-Speaking Social Groups") inviting them to submit information about their activities to the paper. The newspaper also included advertisements for local businesses and often had theatre and film reviews and chapters from serialized fiction.

El Imparcial was published weekly and cost 5 cents per issue. It was published for about a year, ceasing sometime in 1938, with Bautista going on to edit the Phoenix newspaper, El Mensajero, from 1939 to 1943.

Provided by: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ