Subtle, working from the top down, through President, State Department, universities, intellectuals, it is suspected by few,--we are unaware. As in 1914-18 we think we are responding to our sense of right, and on high moral ground taking action against the forces of evil.
April 25, 1939, Senator Nye inserted in the Congressional Record the chapter from Captain Rogerson "Propaganda in the Next War", explaining the technique by which America was to be brought into the war. This went unnoticed by our press, which was still writing editorials and lead paragraphs as instructed by the British propaganda agent who had recently visited this country for that purpose.
May 7, newspaper reports of a Coughlin broadcast first brought this to the attention of the public. Later in May the New Yorker printed a paragraph about the book, and New York newspapers reported that the book had been suppressed in England. May 25, copies of Rogerson's book were received in Boston. Senator Nye had reported only one copy was in this country.(1) May 30, to 10,000 educators and others throughout the country, I sent out a brief bulletin and Nye's reprint of Rogerson's chapter.
June 5 an editorial in the Boston Transcript quoted from Rogerson as printed in the Congressional Record, and pooh-poohed the possibility of "bamboozling the American people" as was done twenty years before. The same issue of the Transcript(2) carried an anonymous letter which belittled Peterson "Propaganda For War". pointing out that its importance was "largely documentary". "It would be the height of folly to attempt to draw any close parallel between the position of the American people in 1914 with that in which we find ourselves today",--