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Hopkinsville Kentuckian

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The Hopkinsville Kentuckian was a major newspaper operating in Hopkinsville, Kentucky from 1889 to 1920.


The newspaper was founded in 1889 by Charles M. Meacham from its predecessor South Kentuckian. Meacham was also the editor for the South Kentuckian and felt the change in title was necessary to reflect the paper's focus on matters pertaining to Hopkinsville and Christian County. The paper would initially start on the semi-weekly format, ultimately adopting a triweekly model by 1904 as the publication's subscriber numbers continued to grow. The newspaper covered both national and local politics, with a bias in support of the Democratic Party. News pertaining to the happenings and issues pertaining to the Hopkinsville area were also included through the "Here and About" and "Cream of the News" columns. In 1918, the management of the Hopkinsville Kentuckian made a final attempt to become a daily paper. Throughout the Hopkinsville Kentuckian's history the paper would be solely edited by Charles M. Meacham, who would eventually end the publications run in 1920 to pursue other professional goals.[1][2]

Notable stories[edit]

Meacham's paper covered the controversy surrounding the Spanish-American War with an anti-jingo sentiment.[3]

The paper would also take a hostile stance toward the Night Riders of the Black Patch Tobacco Wars. Publishing in 1907 a collection of opinion pieces collected from newspapers of neighboring counties titled "A Fearless Press On Night Riders." These pieces would advocate for the killing of members, with one commentator writing "there would be no punishment under the law for a person killing a "night rider."[4] Coverage of the Trial of David Amoss was also extensively written about in the newspaper.

Given the timing of its publication run, the Hopkinsville Kentuckian also covered the entrance of the United States into World War II.[5]

Further Reading[edit]

Archival copies of the newspaper can be found, operated by

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  1. "Hopkinsville Kentuckian". Library of Congress. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  2. "Hopkinsville Kentuckian". Library of Congress. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  3. "Hopkinsville Kentuckian". Library of Congress. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  4. "A Fearless Press On Night Riding" (11 March 1911, Sat). Hopkinsville Kentuckian. March 11, 1911. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  5. Pickard, E.W. (January 5, 1917). ""Events of World War During 1917"". Hopkinsville Kentuckian. Retrieved December 1, 2022.