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Edward Cross, Fiery Frontier Editor
March 8, 2015 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am$2 – $7.50
Presentation: Edward Cross, Fiery Frontier Editor and Arizona Territorial Controversy by Korene Charnofsky Cohen.
Unafraid to take a stand on controversial issues, Edward Ephraim Cross served as the first editor of Arizona’s first newspaper the Weekly Arizonian, started on March 3, 1859. He was a typical frontier editor, using the personal journalism style, flinging sharp and stinging barbs at any opponent. He was unusual because he didn’t sing the praises of Arizona, calling the praises a lot of “humbuggery”. He is well known as an ardent Unionist, and a Civil War hero. In Arizona, he is most well-known for taking a stance against Arizona becoming a territory, and for his duel with Sylvester Mowry. This talk will explain why he was so opposed to Arizona becoming a territory. Set in the politically tumultuous late 1850’s, amid threats of secession and war, Cross fought his battles with action, words and Burnside rifles. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.