The Press: The Fighting Tennessean

While Texas-born Silliman Evans lived, the morning Nashville Tennessean (circ. 131)79?) was one of the most belligerent newspapers in the South. A hell-for-leather Democrat who left newspapering for a while to work for Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, Publisher Evans held that "no Republican is fit to hold public office." He tried his editorial best to see that none did. He also rang the Tennessean like a fire gong, calling attention to corruption and evil wherever he saw it. Cops, ward heelers, city councilmen and even Tennessee's late Political Boss Ed Crump, all bowed to Silliman Evans' journalistic wrath. Then, in...

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