Newspaper The Montana Plaindealer (Helena, Mont.) 1906-1911 Montana plain dealer

About The Montana Plaindealer (Helena, Mont.) 1906-1911

The Montana Plaindealer, one of three African American newspapers in Montana, began publication in Helena in March 1906, under the editorial direction of Joseph B. Bass.  Bass moved to Helena in 1906 from Topeka, Kansas, where he worshiped in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and followed the precepts of “self-improvement” promoted by Booker T. Washington. In 1910, Helena had the largest African American population in Montana with 420 individuals out of a population of 12,500. 

The four-page, six-column weekly featured a regular column entitled, “Race News,” which documented incidents of racial discrimination across the nation.  One of the first issues featured a story about a lynching of two African American men taken from a jail in Springfield, Missouri, by a white mob.  Each issue contained exhortations by the editor Bass promoting civil rights and highlighting economic opportunities for African Americans in Helena and across Montana.  Just below the masthead in the inaugural issue the editor advocated for “the principles of peace, prosperity, and union,” while reporting the results of the Republican primaries for the city of Helena and noting the participation of two “colored” delegates from Helena.  In 1909 the Plaindealer expressed its opposition to an anti-miscegenation bill passed by the Montana legislature that March. 

The Plaindealer supported its publication through an active printing business, but by 1911 that business faltered and the newspaper closed its doors.

Provided By: Montana Historical Society, Helena, MT

About this Newspaper

Title
The Montana Plaindealer (Helena, Mont.) 1906-1911
Other Title
Montana plain dealer
Dates of Publication
1906-1911
Created / Published
Helena, Mont. : Montana Plaindealer Co., 1906-1911.
Subject Headings
-  Helena (Mont.)--Newspapers
-  Montana--Helena
-  United States--Montana--Lewis and Clark--Helena
Genre
Newspapers
Notes
-  Weekly, i.e. irregular
-  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 16, 1906)-v. 3, no. 36 (Sept. 8, 1911).
-  "We unhesitatingly subscribe to the principles of Republicanism."
-  "A complete Negro newspaper."
-  Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
Medium
3 volumes : illustrations
Call Number/Physical Location
Newspaper
Library of Congress Control Number
sn84036199
OCLC Number
11254801
ISSN Number
2329-552x
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/sn84036199
Additional Metadata Formats
MARCXML Record
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

Libraries That Have It

HOLDING: Montana Hist Soc Libr, Helena, MT

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Available as: Microfilm Service Copy
Notes: Scattered issues wanting
Dates:

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Last updated: 09/1986


HOLDING: Montana Hist Soc Libr, Helena, MT

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Available as: Microfilm Service Copy
Notes: Scattered issues wanting [MtHi,m,s=<1906:3:16-1911:9:8>&#x5d;
Dates:

  • 1906-1911
Last updated: 10/1984


HOLDING: Wisconsin Hist Soc, Newsp Proj, Madison, WI

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Dates:

  • 1906-1911
Last updated: 10/1984

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The Montana Plaindealer Helena, Mont. -1911. (Helena, MT), Jan. 1 1906. https://www.loc.gov/item/sn84036199/.

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(1906, January 1) The Montana Plaindealer Helena, Mont. -1911. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/sn84036199/.

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The Montana Plaindealer Helena, Mont. -1911. (Helena, MT) 1 Jan. 1906. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/sn84036199/.

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