CHARLES COUGHLIN - AUTOGRAPH 01/17/1934 - HFSID 198017
FATHER CHARLES COUGHLIN Ink signature, dated by him in 1934, the year he founded his National Union for Social Justice Signature: "Chas. E. Coughlin/Jan. 17-34", 5½x4½ pink album leaf.
Sale Price $63.00
FATHER CHARLES COUGHLIN
Ink signature, dated by him in 1934, the year he founded his National Union for Social Justice
Signature: "Chas. E. Coughlin/Jan. 17-34", 5½x4½ pink album leaf. Charles Coughlin (1891-1979) was a Roman Catholic priest whose radio broadcasts in the 1930s attracted as many as ten million listeners. Coughlin initially supported Franklin Roosevelt, even stating that "the New Deal is Christ's Deal." However, by 1934 Coughlin was moving in more radical directions, founding the National Union for Social Justice. Coughlin and the NUSJ became virulently anti-FDR, anti-capitalist and anti-communist, claiming that capitalism and communism were both Jewish conspiracies. Strongly isolationist, Coughlin began to praise Hitler, inserting whole paragraphs from German propaganda chieftain Joseph Goebbels into his own speeches and even giving the Nazi salute at rallies. Other Catholic leaders began to speak out against Coughlin, and the US government restricted his broadcast rights and then even his mailing privileges. Reduced to the status of a church priest, Coughlin continued to write pamphlets until his death. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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