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Participant name: David Witwer
Date range: 2003-2006

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FB-51793-05Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsDavid Scott WitwerWestbrook Pegler, Anti-Unionism, and the Conservative Response to the New Deal7/1/2005 - 6/30/2006$40,000.00DavidScottWitwer   Lycoming CollegeWilliamsportPA17701-5100USA2004U.S. HistoryFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

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.

FT-51662-03Research Programs: Summer StipendsDavid Scott WitwerPeglerized: How a Crusading Journalist Exposed a Union Corruption Scandal and Challenged the House of Labor.6/1/2003 - 7/31/2003$5,000.00DavidScottWitwer   Lycoming CollegeWilliamsportPA17701-5100USA2003U.S. HistorySummer StipendsResearch Programs5000050000

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.