The American Citizen

The American Citizen was a newspaper published in Kansas City and Topeka, Kansas from 1888 to 1909.[1][2]

The paper urged community support for the Governor's Guard, an African American militia.[3] It was one of the papers that noted writer and humorist Will Harris worked at.[4]

It decried Republican Party leaders for removing African Americans from patronage jobs in 1899.[5]

C. H. J. Taylor was its editor and a Populist Party candidate for state legislator in 1892.[6] The paper described the burning at the stake of Fred Alexander as a warning African Americans needed to heed and unite or be exterminated.[7]


  1. ^ "African American newspapers - Kansas Historical Society".
  2. ^ "The American Citizen (Topeka, Kan.) 1888-1909". Library of Congress.
  3. ^ Cunningham, Roger D. (July 1, 2008). The Black Citizen-soldiers of Kansas, 1864-1901. University of Missouri Press. ISBN 9780826266507 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Sachsman, David B.; Rushing, S. Kittrell; Morris (Jr.), Roy (July 1, 2009). Seeking a Voice: Images of Race and Gender in the 19th Century Press. Purdue University Press. ISBN 9781557535085 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Cox, Thomas C. (March 1, 1999). Blacks in Topeka Kansas, 1865–1915: A Social History. LSU Press. ISBN 9780807124222 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "The Negro and Populism: A Kansas Case Study". Ardent Media – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Glasrud, Bruce A. (January 1, 2009). African Americans on the Great Plains: An Anthology. U of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0803226890 – via Google Books.