Coughlin, Charles 
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Time Period
10/25/1891  - 10/27/1979
Description
Charles Coughlin was a Roman Catholic priest who started a notorious radio career in 1926. After the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross in his churchyard, he went on the radio station WJR to explain Catholicism, which led to a series of talks on religious topics. However, his programs did not attract a large audience until he began to discuss social and political issues in 1930. His early talks denounced communism, but he began expressing more of his anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi views. He also strongly opposed Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs and the entry of the United States in World War II based on his perception of a British-Jewish-Roosevelt conspiracy. His controversial views reached an estimated 40 million listeners.

Church authorities eventually pushed Coughlin off the air and the government stopped mailing his magazine Social Justice in 1942. He spent his last years in isolation, denouncing communism and Vatican II.
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Religious Groups
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Photographs

Charles Coughlin portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-38494

Charles Coughlin speaking- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-05648

Social Justice by Charles Coughlin, cover- Internet Archive
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Melton, J. Gordon, 1991. Religious Leaders of America. Detroit, MI: Gale.
Web Source(s)
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/140051/Charles-E-Coughlin
Charles Coughlin's Encyclopedia Britannica Entry.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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