The Spoken Word
Father Ryan's "Safeguard" speech was not the only public response to Coughlin's hysterical claim; Coughlin was frequently attacked in the media. In this cartoon, published the day after Ryan's speech, Coughlin is satirized as a screaming fanatic whose positions are absurdly inconsistent with his role as a priest. It contains some quotes by Coughlin against Roosevelt. This cartoon was included in an anti-Coughlin letter sent to Father Ryan after the "Safeguard" speech.
Document: "The Spoken Word," Los Angeles Evening News, October 9, 1936
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As you view the cartoon, reflect on the following questions:
- How would you describe the physical depiction of Coughlin in this cartoon?
- how would you interpret the relationship between the Coughlin quotes on the bottom of the page and the biblical quotes depicted in the body of the cartoon?