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"The Hour of Power" on WJR-Father Charles Coughlin

During this same period, another voice had a radio show in Detroit, Sunday afternoons, on WJR. Father Charles Coughlin broadcast "The Hour of Power," with a nationwide listenership of 40 million in the 1930's (p. 34, Father Coughlin: The Tumultuous Life of the Priest of the Little Flower, by Sheldon Marcus, 1973). He raised huge amounts of money on the radio. And while at the beginning of the Depression Coughlin sounded like a Populist in the tradition of Huey Long, he became more and more extreme. Jewish bankers caused the Depression, he said. Hitler and Mussolini, while stern authoritarians, should be supported, because that's what it takes to get rid of Communists. "Coughlin berated Jews, he berated Blacks, he was just hateful," recalled Allen Brett's daughter Mary (Phone Interview with Mary Daniels (nee Brett), September 11, 2001).

Clip from "Cleanse Ourselves", soloists: Davis Gloff and Jason Landis.

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