Item 21882. [FLYER] GREAT PRO-AMERICAN MASS MEETING IN BEHALF OF FREE SPEECH AND AMERICANISM WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, AT 8:30 P.M. CARNEGIE HALL

[FLYER] GREAT PRO-AMERICAN MASS MEETING IN BEHALF OF FREE SPEECH AND AMERICANISM WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, AT 8:30 P.M. CARNEGIE HALL

[New York], N.D. Broadside. Item #39772

1st edition. No Date [1939]. Small broadsheet. 1 page. 22 cm. Single sided flyer for an Rightwing mass meeting; content of the flyer are as follows: “SPEAKERS: BOAKE CARTER Radio's Fearless News Editor, on the timely subject ‘FREE SPEECH AND THE NEWS’ JOHN E. KELLY Brilliant, well-posted writer and lecturer will speak on ‘JOHN L.LEWIS—PUBLIC ENEMY No. 2’ and others. Presiding—GEORGE U. HARVEY Dynamic, Capable Borough President of Queens President of ‘WE AMERICANS’. This meetingis under the sponsorship of: American Federation Against Communism, American Patriots, The Christian Front. Tickets may be purchased from: CARNEGIE HALL, 7th St. and 7th Ave., New York, N. Y. IROQUOIS HOTEL, 49 West 44th Street, New York, N. Y. WALTER OGDEN, 413 West 59th Street, New York, N. Y. Admission 25c - 40c Reserved 99c.” Arthur Derounian, on page 52 of the book “Under Cover”, noted the content of Kelly’s speech as follows: “John Eoghan Kelly, Christian Front organizer and promoter of the Franco cause in America, talked on ‘Public Enemy Number Two-John L. Lewis’ who, according to the inside information obtained exclusively by Kelly, had "100,000 armed Communists rarin' to Sovietize America.’ ‘Who is Public Enemy Number One?’ I asked of the man next to me. ‘Roosevelt. Who in hell did you think it wuz?" Also of note, is that the speaker George U. Harvey was the Republican Borough President of Queens for twelve years. The “meeting of the ‘Great Pro-American Mass Meeting in Behalf of Free Speech and Americanism,’ a gathering of several anti-immigrant, anti-Communist, reactionary organizations, on May 24, 1939. The crowd, turned away from their first meeting location at Carnegie Hall, hadre-congregated at the Great Northern Hotel a few doors down 57th street. Police swarmed the lobby, shouts went around to ‘keep the newspapers out,’ and journalists were violently jostled aside. … Among those present at this nationalistic rally were speakers for the American Patriots, Inc; the Christian Front; the American Nationalist Party…” (NYPL blog article “Edith Wynner,Firecracker” by Laura Ruttum June 13, 2008.) Subjects: Anti-Semitic Propaganda. OCLC lists 2 copies (NYPL, AJC). Previously folded; otherwise Very Goodcondition. (LB-5-2) Xx.

Price: $100.00

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