Question of the Week
"The Suppression of the Christian Observer" from the Philadelphia Inquirer, August 23, 1861
An excerpt published in the Philadelphia Inquirer during the Civil War era, this editorial informs the public of the Federal Marshall's decision to suppress another local paper, Christian Observer. The attack and suppression of the Christian Observer comes as a result of its anti-Union sentiments. Obviously deriding the Christian Observer, it is clear that the Philadelphia Inquirer supports the government's decision. This is a clear cut demonstration of the Inquirer's Republican bias at the time.
Philadelphia was home to two newspapers that were suppressed by Lincoln's administration, the Christian Observer and the Evening Journal; both of which shed supportive light on the South in the midst of the Civil War.