ERIC Number: ED240548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
The Depths of Depression: Sin and Salvation as Seen by the Radical Press, 1930-1939.
Fortner, Robert S.
Through an analysis of the products of the radical press, this paper presents the rhetorical outlines of a cultural history of the 1930s. Following an overview of the "reportage" of the radical press, the paper focuses on that medium's rhetoric, specifically its conscious and unconscious use of religious symbolism. Among the publications analyzed in the paper are "Social Justice," the newspaper of Father Charles Coughlin; "Modern Quarterly"; "Ken"; "The Daily Worker"; "The Silvershirt Weekly"; "The Harlem Liberator"; "The New Militant"; and "People's World"; as well as pamphlets, manifestoes, and other irregularly published materials. In addition, it draws upon materials from biographies, autobiographies, and histories--particularly those written by members of the radical left--and on data from more reformist publications such as "The Nation." The paper concludes that there were clear similarities between the problems identified by each of the radical groups--fascists, communists, socialists, and technocrats--of the 1930s. It notes that the villains and sins they identified were identical, and that the solutions they advocated had one thing in common--they were radical departures from the reformist tendencies in the American tradition. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journalism History; Radical Press
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).