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January 2, 2023 37 min

Joseph Pulitzer is one of those pivotal figures in history, and his influence continues right on through today. Part one of this two-parter covers his early life, right up through his rivalry with William Randolph Hearst.


  • “SUPREME COURT ENDS PANAMA LIBEL SUIT.” New York Times. Jan. 3, 1911.
  • Topping, Seymour. “Biography of Joseph Pulitzer.” The Pulitzer Prizes.
  • “Was Slayback armed?” St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Oct. 15, 1882.
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. “The Story of Panama: Hearings on the Rainey Resolution.” U.S. Government Printing Office, 1912. Accessed online:
  • “Panama Secrets.” The Indianapolis News. October 20, 1908.
  • “Mr. Alonzo Slayback.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Oct. 13, 1882.
  • “Died in Cairo, Egypt.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 11, 1896.
  • “Francis Recalls the Killing of Col. A.W. Slayback.” The St. Louis Star and Times. October 14, 1910.
  • Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Bounty System". Encyclopedia Britannica, 20 Jul. 1998,
  • “Standard Oil’s Monopoly on the Panama Canal.” Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 1, 1908.
  • Vile, John R. “United States v. Press Publishing Co. (1911).” The First Amendment Encyclopedia.
  • Morris, James McGrath. “Pulitzer.” Harper Perennial 2010.
  • Peirce, Clyde. “The Panama Libel Cases.” Indiana Magazine of History, vol. 33, no. 2, 1937, pp. 171–86. JSTOR,
  • “Extracts from the Will of Joseph Pulitzer.” The Pulitzer Prizes.
  • Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Joseph Pulitzer". Encyclopedia Britannica, 25 Oct. 2022,
  • Csillag, Andras. “Joseph Pulitzer's Roots in Europe: A Genealogical History.” American Jewish Archives.
  • “Panama Canal Charges.” Weekly Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana). Dec. 19, 1908.
  • “Cromwell – Who? What? Why?” The Houston Post. November 1, 1908.
  • “The Inifinitude of Graft.” The Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.). Oct. 21, 1908.
  • “Indianapolis News Put in Ananias Club.” Indianapolis Star. Dec. 7, 1908.
  • “Roosevelt Bitter in Scoring Editors.” Indianapolis News. Dec. 7, 1908.
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