Fred Richard Marvin

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Fred Richard Marvin (1868-1939) was an investigative journalist and editor who authored several books and pamphlets on radical movements in America in the 1920s. He began his journalist career as a reporter covering mining and labor issues for newspapers in the American northwest. As a reporter he covered several conventions of the People’s Party and the formation of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the "Wobblies" in 1904.

In 1923 he moved to New York and worked for the New York Commercial where he covered radical organizations and wrote a column entitled "Searchlight." He became the paper's editor in 1925. In 1928 the paper was shut down by libel lawsuits from radicals. After the paper was forced to close Marvin issued the Daily Data Sheet exposing radical activities in America.[1]

Marvin founded Key Men of America in 1925. He was an organizer for the American Coalition of Patriotic and Fraternal Societies.[2]

Marvin lived in Spokane, Washington for thirty years.[3]


Rosika Schwimmer, a pacifist, sued Fred Marvin for libel after he charge her with being a “German spy” and a “Bolshevik agent”. New York courts awarded her $17,000 in damages.[4]



  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee
  • The Yukon Overland: the gold-digger's handbook (1898) 170 pages
  • Underground with the Reds (1923)
  • Ye Shall Know the Truth (1926) 95 pages
  • Our Government and Its Enemies, published by The National Republic (1932) 244 pages
  • Fools Gold; an exposé of un-American activities and political action in the United States since 1860, Madison & Marshall, Inc., (1936) 234 pages
  • Alabama Fuel and Iron Company and its people: a story of a visit to happy communities (1939) 104 pages


  • Are these your friends?: An exposé of the plans and purpose of the socialists, communists, I.W.W. and Non-partisan league, and showing the close relationship that exists between the leaders of these and all other radical organizations of this country (1922) 30 pages
  • Bootlegging Mind Poison (1920s) 12 pages
  • The Fruit of Paternalism, published by League for Constitutional Government (1934) 15 pages
  • Christianity vs. Organized Pacifism, published by League for Constitutional Government (1936) 15 pages
  • United we stand of Divided we fall: In 1940 will it be "New Dealism","Collectivism","Internationalism" or "Conservatism","Americanism", "Patriotism"?, published by League for Constitutional Government (1939) 20 pages


  1. Un-American womanhood: antiradicalism, antifeminism, and the first Red Scare, By Kim E. Nielsen, page 80
  2. King Legion, by Marcus Duffield, page 176
  3. "Marvin talks to advertising club", Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 16, 1923, page 3
  4. "A Pacifist Collects", The Toledo News-Bee, October 22, 1929, page 4

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