A SMALL COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPERS AND EPHEMERAL PUBLICATIONS CREATED BY ARTHUR TERMINIELLO, THE FATHER COUGHLIN OF THE SOUTH. Arthur TERMINIELLO, Catholic priest and proselytizer.

A SMALL COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPERS AND EPHEMERAL PUBLICATIONS CREATED BY ARTHUR TERMINIELLO, THE FATHER COUGHLIN OF THE SOUTH

[various locations in Alabama: 1943-47]. From his farming co-operative, St. Teresa's Village, that he started near Bolling, Alabama, Terminiello pursued his career trying to "preserve a Christian standard in America," but gradually turned to Anti-Semitism and Fascism, from the late 1930s through the 1940s, earning him the nickname "Father Coughlin of the South." A controversial figure, he became increasingly strident in his speeches and publications, questioning how much Pres. Roosevelt knew about Pearl Harbor before the attack, voicing suspicions about Russia and the rise of the Communist party in America, and making incendiary comments about "Jewish international financiers."
Items in this collection include:
1. THE CROSS OF WAR IS IT DUE TO STUPIDITY OR CUPIDITY? A Sermon delivered at the Novena in honor of Our Lady of Victory at the Church of the Visitation, Huntsville, Aladama, and broadcast over the North Alabama Network on Oct. 22, 1944. [Huntsville, AL: extra copies may be obtained from Father Terminiello, (1944)]. Unbound sheets. 21 cm. [8] pp. [OCLC: Yale, Michigan State, Univ. of Wisc.- Milwaukee, & Univ. of Kansas].
2. SANTA CLAUS OR CHRIST? THE CALL FOR A CHRISTIAN CRUSADE. A sermon delivered at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve 1944.... Single sheet, folded. 22.5 cm. 4 pp. [Huntsville, AL: extra copies may be obtained from Father Terminiello, (1944)]. Small chip to upper edge of first leaf, not affecting text. [No OCLC]
3. IN HOC SIGNO VINCES. THE UNION OF CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS (IN COOPERATION WITH ALL OTHER ORGANIZATIONS OF CHRISTIAN NATIONALISTS). Single sheet. 28 cm. [2] pp. [Birmingham, AL: nd (1946?)]. A circular printing a letter from Terminiello to "Dear Friend," encouraging orders of some of the 3000 copies of Judge George Armstrong's "The March of Bolshevism" which Terminiello had obtained "for our Crusaders." Some chipping and loss to lower left corner, not affecting text. [No OCLC]
4. CRUSADE NOTES. THE FINAL WORLD WAR IS NOW IN THE MAKING. Reproduced typescript. 28 cm. [2] pp., stapled together in upper left corner. [nd, ca.1947]. Advertising two new publications by Terminiello including "Smear Project Terminiello," and "Communist Damnifesto." An unused order form is present at the bottom of the second page. Ink note in the upper corner of the first page: "From 'Rev' A.W. Terminiello, Birmingham, Ala., Apr. 1947." [No OCLC]
5. IN HOC SIGNO VINCES. OPERATION CRUSADE. THE UNION OF CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS (IN COOPERATION WITH ALL OTHER ORGANIZATIONS OF CHRISTIAN NATIONALISTS). [Birmingham, AL: nd (1946?)]. Broadside. 35 x 21 cm. Some chipping along the bottom edge of the broadside, not affecting text. An appeal, in the form of a letter, from Terminiello encouraging interested parties to sign and get signatures on a petition [not included here] to oust or expose leaders of the plots against "our American and Christian way of life." An unused contribution form is present at the bottom of the page. [No OCLC]
6. [Newspaper] RURAL JUSTICE. Dedicated to the Advancement of Rural Justice for the Poor of the South. [Troy, Ala.: April 1943. Volume 4, Number 8]. Unbound sheets. 44 cm. 8 pp. [No OCLC]
7. [Newspaper] THE CRUSADER. (SUCCESSOR TO RURAL JUSTICE). Dedicated to preserving a Christian standard of life in America. [Birmingham, Alabama: February 1946. Volume One, Number One]. Unbound sheets. 46 cm. 8 pp. [No OCLC]
8. [Newspaper] THE CRUSADER. (SUCCESSOR TO RURAL JUSTICE). Dedicated to preserving a Christian standard of life in America. [Birmingham, Alabama: April 1946. Volume One, Number Two]. Unbound sheets. 46 cm. 8 pp. [No OCLC]
9. [Newspaper] THE CRUSADER. (SUCCESSOR TO RURAL JUSTICE). Dedicated to preserving a Christian standard of life in America. [Birmingham, Alabama: May 1946. Volume One, Number Three]. Unbound sheets. 46 cm. 8 pp. [No OCLC]
10. [Newspaper] THE CRUSADER. (SUCCESSOR TO RURAL JUSTICE). Dedicated to preserving a Christian standard of life in America. [Birmingham, Alabama: June 1946. Volume One, Number Four]. Single sheet, folded. 46 cm. 4 pp. [No OCLC]
11. [Newspaper] THE CRUSADER. (SUCCESSOR TO RURAL JUSTICE). Dedicated to preserving a Christian standard of life in America. [Birmingham, Alabama: July 1946. Volume One, Number Five]. Single sheet, folded. 46 cm. 4 pp. [No OCLC]
12. [Newspaper] THE CRUSADER. (SUCCESSOR TO RURAL JUSTICE). Dedicated to preserving a Christian standard of life in America. [Birmingham, Alabama: September 1946. Volume 1, Number 6]. Single sheet, folded. 30 cm. 4 pp. [No OCLC]. Item #66822

According to OCLC many of Arthur Terminiello's papers are held at Notre Dame, although they are not individually described. Notre Dame's collection record includes a brief biography of Arthur Terminiello's career: "Catholic priest known as the Father Coughlin of the South. He ministered to tenant farmers in Alabama and Florida, started innovative programs involving mobile trailer chapels, conducted radio and television programs (The Pastor's Fireside), founded an experimental community called Saint Teresa's Village, and for a time toured and lectured with Gerald L.K. Smith. In 1946 a Chicago court found him guilty of "making an improper noise, riot, disturbance, breach of the peace or diversion tending to a breach of the peace" because of remarks he made at a Gerald L.K. Smith rally; the supreme Court heard his appeal in 1949 and the justices wrote four separate opinions."

Price: $500.00