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El imparcial. [volume] : (Phoenix, Ariz.) 1956-19??
Place of publication:
Phoenix, Ariz.
Geographic coverage:
  • Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Arizona Sun Pub.
Dates of publication:
  • Began in 1956.
  • 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.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 5 (20 de abril de 1956).
  • In Spanish.
sn 96060868
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El imparcial

The Spanish-language newspaper, El Imparcial, first appeared in about March 1956 in Phoenix, Arizona, published by the Arizona Sun Publishing Company, which also published the Arizona Sun, an African American newspaper in Phoenix. D.F. "Doc" Benson was president of the publishing company, with Carlos C. Morales as vice-president, Joseph B. Miller as secretary, and Travis Williams as treasurer. An unrelated newspaper also titled El Imparcial had been published in Phoenix in 1937.

The newspaper was subtitled "La Voz al Servicio de los 80,000 Habitantes de Habla Hispana en el Condado de Maricopa" ("In service to the 80,000 Spanish speakers in Maricopa County"). The masthead included: "Un buen periódico y la Biblia en todo hogar, una buena escuela en todo distrito, y una Iglesia en toda comunidad; todas apreciadas como se merecen, son el soporte de la virtud, moralidad, libertad civil y religión" (From the Benjamin Franklin quotation: "A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district—all studied and appreciated as they merit—are the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty").

The weekly paper, typically eight pages long, included news of community events, a sports section, crime reporting, recipes, schedules of church services, and announcements of births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Each issue carried an editorial, and columns reminded readers about voter registration and highlighted candidates for local offices. El Imparcial also regularly included news of activities and events of Mexican American organizations, such as Alianza Hispano Americana and Junta Patriótica, in which Morales was very involved.

Music and literature were important features in the newspaper, with poems in a "Sección Literararia," a column called "Discoteando" with reviews of new musicians and recordings, and "Canción de la Semana" ("Song of the Week") listing lyrics of songs. Every issue carried a full-page advertisement for the Riverside Ballroom, which Morales operated for a time, and where orchestras and Mexican musicians performed. KIFN, a Spanish-language radio station in Phoenix, was also regularly advertised.

El Imparcial was a short-lived newspaper, appearing for only about a year before ceasing publication.

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