Rose Welch to John Ryan, November 24, 1936
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Many of Coughlin's followers believed that Father Ryan was a communist because of his support for Roosevelt and the New Deal. This letter illustrates that belief, as the Minnesota woman writing it asked Father Ryan to send her a book called "Toward Soviet America," implying the Ryan owned the work by Chairman of the Communist Party, USA.
As you read the document, reflect on the following questions:
- Why might Welch have assumed that Ryan was a communist?
- How does the tone of Welch's letter compare to that of Coughlin's attitude toward Ryan in his Reply to Rt. Reverend Monsignor John Ryan?