William Markoe, "Letter to Thomas W. Turner," September 23, 1932


Letter to Thomas W. Turner, Sept. 23, 1932

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On September 23, 1932 Father Markoe wrote a letter of reply to Turner, in which he discussed his appointment as Deputy National Organizer of the Federation. In this letter Markoe discussed and defended his decision to change the title of The Chronicle, a decision that sparked controversy among FCC leaders.



As you read the document, reflect on the following questions:

  • What are the specific reasons Father Markoe gives to justify the renaming of the FCC journal form The Chronicle to the Interracial Review?
  • What is the general tone of the letter? Please provide specific excerpts from it to support your answer.
  • Father Markoe stated that the title of the journal should be "descriptive of the journal's character." Explain why he felt the Interracial Review was a fitting title. Considering what you have learned about the FCC, think of at least one alternate title for the journal and explain why you think it would be appropriate