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“key Men” Propaganda is Suspended Due to Lack of Support

June 26, 1929
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The Data Sheets of the Key Men of America, a propaganda service carried on under the direction of Fred R. Marvin from headquarters in Washington and New York, will be discontinued beginning July 1, according to an announcement made in the Data Sheets. The discontinuation is due to lack of financial support.

The Data Sheets were mailed as Second Class Matter and dealt, according to its own description, “with radical and subversive movements.” Among its outstanding lines of attack were propaganda in favor of the “100 Percenters,” concentrating mainly on advocating a restrictionist immigration policy, deriding immigrants and non-Nordic stock in the American population, and in hunting radicals and Reds. It played an important part during the recent scandal concerning the black list of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which included many prominent Americans.

It appears from the announcement that the work of the Data Sheets will be continued by “The Coalitionist,” a monthly bulletin of an organization bearing the name, the American Coalition. Though the announcement declared that the American Coalition “is wholly distinct and independent and in no sense the successor of the Key Men of America,” it is declared that subscribers to the Data Sheets will receive “The Coalitionist” instead of the Sheets until the expiration of their subscriptions. The circulation privileges as Second Class matter were transferred by the Data Sheets to the American Coalition.

The Key Men of America will not entirely disappear. It will continue as an organization and will carry on “certain lines of activities.” Not much light is shed on the activities except the statement that “it will be engaged almost wholly to the completion of extensive surveys now under way and the publication of the reports covering the same after the surveys have been completed.” Subscribers to the Data Sheets will receive copies of the surveys as published.

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