I look at the paper from 80 years ago from the Library of Congress’ newspaper archive. It has the Washington, D.C.
Evening Star and I enjoy reading George Fielding Eliot’s analysis pieces (Eliot was a major during the First World War), and I especially like Grantland Rice’s sports columns.
Are there other names to keep an eye out for?
Here are some of my favorites:
Florence Fisher Parry (
Pittsburgh Press) Dorothy Thompson
Maj. Al Williams
Maj. Alexander P. de Seversky
…among others. There’s far too many to choose from
Even the First Lady had a column:
By Eleanor Roosevelt
January 1, 1944
Washington – (New Year’s Eve, 1943)
It has been a sad year and yet a year of achievement. May 1944 bring to fruition the plans made for victory in 1943 and may the wishes in the hearts of the servicemen, their mothers, wives and sweethearts, that their dear ones can be at home before the next New Year’s Eve rolls round, come true. That will, I think, will be the wish toasted in the heart of each one of us as we hear the clock strik…
Forgot to mention Mrs. Walter Ferguson, though I have some personal disagreements with her columns at times:
The Pittsburgh Press (January 12, 1944)
Ferguson: An angry view of marriage
By Mrs. Walter Ferguson
Alma Booker of Pittsburgh is a valued correspondent, because she does such a swell job of romping on a columnist.
Believing in moral as well as economic and political freedom for women, she offers some fine arguments to make her point:
Why do you defend the state of marriage? It needs no defense, for it’s still the best of chiseling rackets for women, although they haven’t sense en…
I’m familiar with Seversky, but none of these names have come up yet after two years of reading. Herbert Hoover has written a couple pieces “this week,” but the titles didn’t sound very appealing so I kept scanning ahead. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the others you’ve mentioned. Thanks!
I suggest looking at
The Pittsburgh Press and other papers’ archives. You might even see some familiar names, like Walter Cronkite.
I transcribe Ernie Pyle’s columns in this forum:
The Pittsburgh Press (December 2, 1942)
By Ernie Pyle
Ernie Pyle has arrived in North Africa to write a new series about U.S. troops abroad. This, the first, tells how the soldiers lived when they arrived in the new battle zone.
With U.S. forces in Algiers, Algeria – (Dec. 1, by wireless)
From now onward, stretching for months and months into the future, life is completely changed for thousands of American boys on this side of the earth. For at last they are in …
…along with some of the others, like this one from Westbrook Pegler:
The Pittsburgh Press (January 14, 1944)
Pegler: On the recent New York Legislature bill
By Westbrook Pegler
New York –
A bill has been introduced in the New York Legislature to punish individuals who promote racial and religious hatred. A bill of similar intent is pending in Congress.
Both are unwise and more likely to provoke than to abate such propaganda because an attempt to enforce them would surely raise important questions of freedom of speech and of the press. Truth is a…
I’ll definitely check out that paper. One thing I’ve discovered by reading old newspapers is why they called the
New York Times the “paper of record.” The writing was very good and they covered so much. Not to get political, and newspapers had their problems back then too, but journalism today isn’t even a shadow of what it once was. And today’s writing is so terribly sloppy, even in the big publications.
I haven’t seen Cronkite yet either, but it is neat to see historical figures when they were young. Like Robin Olds, the famous Vietnam-era fighter pilot. He is about to graduate from West Point and was a big-time football player. And his dad was well-known, part of the bomber mafia.
Some of the articles from the
Times had the problem of being a little too wordy, however.
There were also historical figures who continued on with their lives at this point, and those who passed away during the war:
The Pittsburgh Press (January 8, 1944)
Hoover’s wife dies suddenly
Ex-First Lady stricken in New York suite
Mrs. Herbert C. Hoover, noted for her graciousness.
New York (UP) –
Mrs. Herbert Hoover, 68-year-old wife of the former President, died of a heart attack in their fashionable Waldorf Towers suite last night while dressing for dinner.
Mr. Hoover, 31st President of the United States, was with her at the time. They came here Dec. 13 from their home at Palo Alto, Californ…
Yeah I think this week in 1943 his squadron was embarked on a cargo ship and sailing across the Pacific with their PT boats riding on top.
WOW!!! What a resource! Thanks for this - amazing work!
Alan Moorehead - attached to 8th Army - is an excellent resource.
I’d highly recommend his book “Road to Tunis” giving a first hand account of what being an Allied WW2 war correspondent entailed.