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Pickets protesting WDAS for its refusal to broadcast speeches by Father Charles Coughlin, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1939.
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Aerial view of a group of picketers holding signs, in front of a radio station.

Credit: (┬ęCORBIS/Bettmann) Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

In the late 1930s neo-Fascist and anti-Semitic groups staged angry demonstrations in Philadelphia. After WDAS suspended the broadcast of speeches by Father Charles Coughlin in November 1938 because of their anti-Semitic content, thousands of protestors picketed the station's studio at 1209-22 Chestnut Street and held mass protest meetings around the city. In the months that followed Coughlin supporters attacked Jewish businesses, disrupted political meetings, and assaulted others they feared were betraying "Christianity and Americanism."

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