Montana Historical Society Press


MHS Press publishes regional books on the history and cultural resources of Montana. Book titles with asterisks (*) are available as ebooks from most major online ebook retailers.

Our award-winning quarterly, Montana The Magazine of Western History, contains articles on the history of Montana and the West. Search the magazine index for a more comprehensive catalog of articles. To purchase back issues, or for issues prior to Winter 2003, email, call (406) 444-4708, or fill out and mail this form. Copies may be found at your local library or the MHS Research Center at

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Copper Chorus

Copper Chorus

Mining, Politics, and the Montana Press, 1889–1959

Created: Sunday, May 11, 1924

Mining, Politics, and the Montana Press, 1889–1959
by Dennis Swibold

Copper Chorus is the colorful story of how a ruthless mining company secretly bought control of Montana's major daily press—and eventually gave it up. The work also reveals the costs paid by owners and their journalists, whose credibility eroded as their increasingly constricted newspapers lapsed into ambivalence and indifference. The story offers a timeless study of the conflict between commerce and the notion of a free and independent press.

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