The Broad Ax
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Julius F. Taylor
Founded1895; 127 years ago (1895)
Ceased publication1931; 91 years ago (1931)
CitySalt Lake City, Utah
Chicago, Illinois
(from 1899)
CountryUnited States

The Broad Ax (1895–1931) was a weekly newspaper that began publication on Aug. 31, 1895, originally in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Julius F. Taylor. After a series of conflicts with the Latter Day Saints, Taylor relocated the newspaper to Chicago, Illinois in 1899.[1][2] The Broad Ax has been described as "the most controversial black newspaper in Chicago in the late nineteenth century," in some ways due to its criticism of Booker T. Washington.[3]

The last known surviving issue of The Broad Ax is dated September 10, 1927, but an obituary for Taylor published in The Chicago Defender states that the newspaper ceased publication in 1931.[4]

Issues for years 1895–1922 have been digitized and are available for free online at Chronicling America and the University of Illinois Library's Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections.


  1. ^ "The Broad Ax". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Sweeney, Michael S. Julius F. Taylor and the Broad Ax of Salt Lake City (abstract) Archived 2014-11-11 at, Utah Historical Quarterly, Vol. 77, no. 3 (Summer 2009).
  3. ^ Walker, Julia E.K. (1996). "The Promised Land: The Chicago Defender and the Black Press in Illinois: 1862-1970". The Black Press in the Middle West, 1865-198: 21.
  4. ^ "The Broad Ax". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved July 31, 2015.