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Copper Chorus: Mining, Politics, and the Montana Press, 1889-1959 Paperback – October 1, 2006
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Their mission thus excused, the journalists set off. For many, the trail ran through Butte, Montana's bawdy, blasted, smoke-choked island of industrial enterprise, home of the “richest hill on earth” and the world's pre-eminent source of copper at the onset of the Electric Age. The city's veins of red ore coursed through dozens of mines but the fattest lay beneath the claims of the mighty Anaconda Copper Mining Company, whose story and that of its guiding genius, Marcus Daly, were as familiar to the traveling editors as their own. The Anaconda stain on Montana journalism would linger for decades. The legend of the state's copper-collared press was no mere fiction, though the small, persistent and often radical press that howled at its heels often exaggerated its details. The story, steeped in the partisanship and boosterism peculiar to American frontier journalism, would only grow as the Anaconda company consolidated its industrial might.