August 21 in freethought history…

bluegrassbladeAugust 21, 1909 – The last issue of freethought newspaper the Blue Grass Blade is published in Lexington, Kentucky. The Blade was founded in 1884 by former minister-turned-atheist Charles Chilton Moore, and was widely distributed throughout the United States. Editor James Edward Hughes tried to keep the newspaper going after Moore’s death in 1906, sprucing it up with expensive illustrations, but increased expenses and dwindling popularity spelled its doom.

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