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The Appeal Archive

  • Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 18851923

About

The Western Appeal and the Appeal were noted African-American weekly newspapers published in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Western Appeal began in 1885 and was conceived as a source of news and information for the burgeoning educated black population in the upper Midwest. The newspaper strived to be a source of local and national news, as well as a hub for local advertising from black-owned businesses. Though the Western Appeal had its start in St. Paul, it quickly broadened its circulation to cover Minneapolis and Chicago. In 1889, to further seek a national standing, the newspaper dropped "Western" from its title and became simply the Appeal. The Appeal was decidedly Republican in tone, a stance that often was at odds with the views of its intended audience. Personal news of interest to African Americans in St. Paul and elsewhere appeared in both newspapers. These items included marriages and deaths of prominent American blacks, particularly in the Midwest. There were also regular columns on the African-American community in St. Louis and Chicago. Local items focused on events in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and occasionally Duluth. Advertising for African-American merchants and services, such as hotels, restaurants and barber shops, was also a prominent feature of the Appeal

Archive Info

  • 7,058
  • Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 18851923

Paper History

  • Western appeal

Source Information

The Appeal, 1885–1923 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 15, 2024

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Archive Info

  • 7,058
  • Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 18851923

Paper History

  • Western appeal

Source Information

The Appeal, 1885–1923 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 15, 2024