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The Carthage Banner

 

 

The Carthage Banner began publication in December 1866. Self-styled as a “true index and expounder of home events and happenings,” the Banner was an advocate for the Republican party and for growth in Jasper county after the Civil War. It celebrated the “climate, water, soil, [and] fruit” of the area, hoping to encourage population expansion. The Banner also insisted that “Jasper county must have a railroad running through its county seat” and claimed that “Now is the time to open schools” so that the Carthage youth would no longer be “permitted to run through the town, forming evil habits, and learning lessons that will take years of penitence to unlearn.”

 

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