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Charles Coughlin


Well-known priest who considered radio to put together his own Cultural Justice politics party. He’d often make use of his radio plan to disseminate his anti-semitic sights and support the procedures of Hitler and Mussolini, Highly inspired by Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical On the health of the Working Course, he made a decision to spend himself to dispersing the gospel of cultural reform. Beginning in past due 1926 he started regular radio broadcasts, criticizing both Soviet Union as well as the Ku Klux Klan, the last mentioned retaliating by planting a burning up combination on his yard. He was created in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Originally a supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Offer, then became against Roosevelt, and criticized him in his shortlived Public Justice magazine.

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Full Name Charles Coughlin
Date Of Birth October 25, 1891
Died October 27, 1979, Birmingham, Michigan, United States
Place Of Birth Hamilton, Canada
Profession Politician
Education St. Michael's College, Toronto, University of Toronto
Nationality Canadian, American
Parents Thomas J. Coughlin, Amelia Mahoney
Star Sign Scorpio

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1Biography in: "Dictionary of American Biography". Supplement Ten, 1976-1980, pages 150-152. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1995.
2Biography in: "American National Biography". Volume 5, pages 578-581. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
3Controversial Catholic priest who gained a large following in the 1930s through his national radio broadcasts, which were often filled with praise for Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and laced with vitriolic anti-Semitic tirades. He blamed the Great Depression on "international Jewish bankers", who he also claimed were behind the Russian Revolution of 1917. He once claimed that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was justified because "the Jews in Germany persecuted Christians first". He was involved in several ultra-right-wing, anti-Semitic hate groups, one of which, The Christian Front, was broken up by the FBI when it was discovered to be arming and training its members to start killing Jews, Communists, "liberals" and more than a dozen US Congressmen it believed were Jewish or were supported by Jews. Eventually many radio stations refused to carry his broadcasts. In 1942 the Bishop of Detroit ordered Coughlin to return to his duties at his parish and cease his political activities.

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American Secrets2016DocumentaryHimself - Catholic Priest
The Jewish Americans2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (as Charles Coughlin)
Protocols of Zion2005DocumentaryHimself
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998DocumentaryHimself
The Great Depression1993TV Series documentaryHimself - Radio Evangelist
Project XX1959TV Series documentaryHimself - Priest & Activist

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