The Defender

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The Defender Magazine (1926-1981) was religiously oriented fundamentalist magazine founded in April 1926 by Rev. Gerald Winrod of Wichita, Kansas. The magazine was published continuously for fifty-four years by Winrod's group the Defenders of the Christian Faith.

During FDR’s New Deal the publication became overtly political with strong anti-Roosevelt, anti-communist and anti-Semitic positions. When the last issue appeared in 1981 the magazine had become a traditional conservative religious publication.[1]

It was estimated by some of having up to 125,000 readers and at times containing sixty-four pages. Surprisingly Reverend Winrod was able to publish Greek, Bulgarian, and Liberian editions of the magazine.[2]

The Defender was popular among Ku Klux Klan and Silver Shirt members, however Winrod was hostile to William Dudley Pelley and his Silver Shirt organization.[3] due to Pelley’s strange spiritualist beliefs.

Contents

Issues

Contributors

Pamphlets

  • Communism and the Roosevelt Brain Trust, Defender Publishers, (1933)
  • Slave Labor in Soviet Russia later retitled The Jewish-Run Concentration Camps in the Soviet Union by Dr. Herman Greife (1937)
  • The So-Called Sedition Case and Other Matters of Grave Importance, Defender Publishers, (1945)

Notes

  1. The conservative press in twentieth-century America, by Ronald Lora, William Henry Longton, p. 387
  2. The conservative press in twentieth-century America, by Ronald Lora, William Henry Longton, p. 384
  3. William Dudley Pelley's testimony before the House of Representatives Un-American Activities, February 8, 1940

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