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Horace Greeley: the New York Tribune

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Horace Greeley (Feb. 3, 1811-Nov. 29, 1872) first established the New York Tribune in the year 1841. In the 1800s he was considered one of the most influential individuals in America. It was named the New York Daily Tribune from 1841 to 1866. Throughout that period it was considered the dominant Whig Party, then Republican newspaper. The New York Tribune reached a record breaking 200,000 people.

It provided its readers with a straightforward and trustworthy media source. The Tribune was unique in comparison to publications such as the New York Sun and New York Herald, both of which relied on sensationalism to flourish.

In 1852 Karl Marx was its London based European correspondent, and Friedrich Engels who wrote under his name. Notable writers included Charles Anderson Dana, George William Curtis, William Henry Fry, Margaret Fuller, etc.

The New York Tribune in its publication emphasized its opposition to slavery, after joining the Republican Party in 1854. As mentioned previously with such a large audience, it had the largest circulation in New York City. It had a significant impact on people, including voters and political decision makers.

While others focused on crime reporting and humorous human-interest stories, the Tribune was much more moralistic. It published political news, special articles, lectures, etc. The New York Tribune has been described as having been a political bible for its readers.

Greeley’s editorial columns promoted anti-slavery causes, urged educational reforms, opposed women’s suffrage, etc. Horace Greeley was also the candidate of the Democratic and Liberal Republican parties in the 1872 elections. He is also known for having popularized the famous phrase, “Go west, young man; go west!”

The New York Tribune is considered to have been one of the greatest newspapers of its time. Various issues can be viewed online at the Library of Congress.


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