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Participant name: David Witwer
Date range: 2003-2006
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FB-51793-05

David Scott Witwer
Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA 17701-5100)
Westbrook Pegler, Anti-Unionism, and the Conservative Response to the New Deal

This book will trace the impact of a union corruption scandal exposed by the prominent columnist Westbrook Pegler in 1939 and 1940. It will study the ways in which Pegler and his publisher, Roy Howard, drew on this scandal to build an influential critique of the growing power of organized labor and of the New Deal. Following Pegler’s lead, conservatives used the problem of union corruption to raise concerns about the growth of government and the threat it posed to individual rights. Finally, the book will consider the efforts by the leaders of organized labor to respond to this scandal. The frustrations they encountered help to explain labor’s political decline in the post-WWII years.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 6/30/2006


FT-51662-03

David Scott Witwer
Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA 17701-5100)
Peglerized: How a Crusading Journalist Exposed a Union Corruption Scandal and Challenged the House of Labor.

This book will trace the history of a union corruption scandal exposed by the prominent columnist Westbrook Pegler in 1939 and 1940. It will study the ways in which Pegler and his publisher, Roy Howard, worked to promote this scandal in hopes of undercutting both the labor movement and the New Deal. It will also explore the scandal’s political repercussions, particularly its use by conservative politicians, as well as the efforts by the leaders of organized labor to respond. Finally, the book will consider the ways in which this episode affected political discourse in the post-WWII decades.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003