Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fight For Freedom, Inc. records

Abstract

The Fight For Freedom, Inc. records (dated 1941, undated; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises newsletters, committee papers, advertisements, policy information, and stickers that document the efforts of Fight For Freedom, Inc. prior to the United States entering World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fight For Freedom, Inc. records
Date
1941, undated (inclusive)
Extent
0.03 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945.
Propaganda
Organizations -- United States.
Fund raising -- United States.
War and society
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0641: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fight For Freedom, Inc. records, 1941, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Fight For Freedom, Inc. (FFF), a national citizen's organization established in early 1941, was a leading group supporting American intervention in the on-going European war. The organization lobbied for full American participation in the war, that if Hitler were to win in Europe, American values and freedoms would eventually fall as well. Members of FFF included Ulric Bell, Elizabeth Worthington Best, Grace Coolidge, Senator Carter Glass, Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, Herbert and William Agar, and Reverend Henry W. Hobson. The organization used local committees to increase their membership base, fundraise, communicate national policies and positions, and sponsor speakers and information sessions. Additionally, they relied heavily on newspapers from small town weekly and daily presses, recruiting editors and publishers to support their cause and run editorials and advertisements that supported the views of FFF. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the United States entering the war, FFF cut down to a significantly reduced staff and by January 1942, most of the major divisions had ended their work.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Fight For Freedom, Inc. records (dated 1941, undated; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises newsletters, committee papers, advertisements, policy information, and stickers that document the efforts of Fight For Freedom, Inc. prior to the United States entering World War II. The records detail the objectives of the organization, membership growth and fundraising efforts, stickers, and the proof of an ad to be run in the New York Times denouncing his isolationist views.
The Fight For Freedom, Inc. records collection is part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Fight For Freedom, Inc. records, 1941, undated

  • Box WH-63, folder 3
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