Social Justice (periodical)

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Social Justice
Type Weekly
Owner(s) Thomas J. Coughlin and Amelia Coughlin
Publisher National Union of Social Justice
Editor Charles Coughlin, E. Perrin Schwartz
Staff writers Cora Quinlan
Founded March 13, 1936
Language English
Ceased publication 1942
Headquarters Royal Oak, Michigan
Circulation 200,000
OCLC number 01773391

Social Justice was an American Roman Catholic periodical published by Father Charles Coughlin during the late 1930s and early 1940s.[1]

Social Justice was controversial for printing antisemitic polemics such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Coughlin claimed that Marxist atheism in Europe was a Jewish plot against America. The December 5, 1938, issue of Social Justice included an article by Coughlin which reportedly closely resembled a speech made by Joseph Goebbels on September 13, 1935, attacking Jews, atheists and Communists, with some sections being copied verbatim by Coughlin from an English translation of the Goebbels speech. Coughlin, however, stated, "Nothing can be gained by linking ourselves with any organization which is engaged in agitating racial animosities or propagating racial hatreds."[2] Furthermore, in an interview with Eddie Doherty, Coughlin stated: "My purpose is to help eradicate from the world its mania for persecution, to help align all good men. Catholic and Protestant, Jew and Gentile, Christian and non-Christian, in a battle to stamp out the ferocity, the barbarism and the hate of this bloody era. I want the good Jews with me, and I'm called a Jew baiter, an anti-Semite."[3]

After America's entry into World War II, Coughlin's broadcasts were ended by the National Association of Broadcasters. In 1942, the periodical's second class mailing permit was revoked under the Espionage Act of 1917 as part of Attorney General Francis Biddle's efforts against "vermin" publications.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Crackdown on Coughlin". TIME. 27 April 1942. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  2. ^ The New York Times, Feb. 27, 1939
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  4. ^ "Mails Barred to "Social Justice"". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). 15 April 1942. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Stone, Goeffrey R. (2004). "Free Speech in World War II: When are you going to indict the seditionists?". International Journal of Constitutional Law. 
  6. ^ "The Press: Coughlin Quits - TIME". 1942-05-18. Retrieved 2011-03-13.