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Heywood Broun, Benjamin Stolberg, and the politics of American labor journalism in the 1920s and 1930s

Phelps, Christopher

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Christopher Phelps christopher.phelps@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Between the First and Second World Wars, Heywood Broun (1888-1939) and Benjamin Stolberg (1891-1951) were labor journalists when the newspaper industry was consolidating into chains and industrial unionism was gaining in American society. A comparison of their lives and writings in the 1920s and 1930s illuminates the politics behind news coverage of labor. Suspicious of the Communist Party, Stolberg ultimately clashed with Broun, the quintessential Popular Front left-liberal, over the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The two were similar, however, in framing labor positively, unlike much of the rest of the press, while eschewing any journalistic ethos of “impartiality.”

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Labor: Studies in the Working-Class History of the Americas
Print ISSN 1547-6715
Electronic ISSN 1558-1454
Publisher Duke University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Phelps, C. (in press). Heywood Broun, Benjamin Stolberg, and the politics of American labor journalism in the 1920s and 1930s. Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, ISSN 1547-6715
Keywords Labor; Labour; Journalism; thirties; Depression; unions; strikes; writing;
Related Public URLs https://www.dukeupress.edu/labor/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
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