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Remembering American Mercury Writer James M. Cain

By on October 27, 2010

JAMES MALLAHAN CAIN died 33 years ago today. Cain (July 1, 1892 – October 27, 1977) was a celebrated American author and journalist. Although Cain himself vehemently opposed labeling, he is usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction and seen as one of the creators of the roman noir. Several of his […]


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J.B. Matthews, McCarthyism, and the Religious Left

By on September 28, 2010

by Dr. Norman Berdichevsky, Canada Free Press WHILE THE TERM “Religious Right” is one of the most frequently used terms in the political lexicon, notably since the rise of what is usually referred to as the Evangelical Churches, the Political Left is alive and well and a strong crutch for the Democratic Party… During the […]


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Baltimore Reading Series Honors American Mercury

By on September 17, 2010

by Ann Hendon ACCORDING TO Reading Local, there’s a new literary reading series in Baltimore that honors the spirit of H.L. Mencken and The American Mercury. They say: The second installment of the New Mercury Reading Series was held at Jordan Faye Contemporary Gallery, featuring Charles Cohen, Steve Luxenberg, and Melissa Hale. Their mission statement […]


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Anarchist’s Progress

By on June 1, 2010

by Albert Jay Nock This classic essay on freedom was published in The American Mercury in 1927. I. The Majesty of the Law When I was seven years old, playing in front of our house on the outskirts of Brooklyn one morning, a policeman stopped and chatted with me for a few moments. He was […]


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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An Obituary

By on May 17, 2010

by H.L. Mencken April 13, 1945 THE BALTIMORE Sun editorial on Roosevelt this morning begins: “Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great man.” There are heavy black dashes above and below it. The argument, in brief, is that all his skullduggeries and imbecilities were wiped out when “he took an inert and profoundly isolationist people and […]


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Henry Hazlitt’s Books: More Relevant Than Ever

By on May 8, 2010

by Gideon Dene THE WORKS of American Mercury contributor and editor Henry Hazlitt (he was H.L. Mencken’s chosen successor) are brilliant gems of economic insight which, if they were only more well known, could change the downward spiral of the West’s economic fortunes. Did you know, for example, that inflation is not a rise in […]


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Meet General Grant

By on April 30, 2010

by H.L. Mencken A review of Meet General Grant by W. E. Woodward (Horace Liverwright, publishers); The American Mercury, 1928 THE DREADFUL title of this book is not the least of its felicities. If they had been saying such things in his day it seems unquestionable that Grant would have said, “Meet the wife.” He […]


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Zionist Fraud

By on April 23, 2010

Famed historian and American Mercury contributor Harry Elmer Barnes wrote this article as a friend of the Jewish people, but an enemy of the fraud that caused — and may well cause — wars between peoples in which millions on all sides lost their lives. It originally appeared in the Fall 1968 issue of The […]


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How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, and Why

By on April 17, 2010

Against School by John Taylor Gatto I TAUGHT FOR thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so […]


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No One Trusts the FBI

September 26, 2018

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The FBI has always been a tool of political suppression. WHEN THE FBI came out with a report on Hillary Clinton weeks before the 2016 election, Democrats were livid. But so were Republicans… The report said that even though she had committed a crime by negligently using a personal computer for state business, she would not be […]

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‘The Choice of Achilles’: John Alan Coey Against the New World Order

January 3, 2013

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by T.R. Bennington AS EVER, BUT ESPECIALLY in our present state of civilizational malaise, there is a need for figures with the power to inspire — men who in less confused and cynical times would have been unabashedly described as heroic. One such figure is Corporal John Alan Coey, a young soldier who has perhaps […]

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Quarter of Americans Convinced Sun Revolves Around Earth

March 2, 2015

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“DOES the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?” If you answered the latter, you’re among a quarter of Americans who also got it wrong, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation. A survey of 2,200 people that was released Friday revealed some alarming truths about […]

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    Jailbirds

    June 7, 2017

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    by Jim Tully; from The American Mercury, September, 1928; transcribed by Kevin I. Slaughter THE jail room was thirty-five feet long, twenty-five feet wide, and seven feet high. In this large cage were fifty prisoners. Some had been sentenced and were serving jail terms; others awaited trial, or removal to the penitentiary. The floor was of […]

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    Canada: The Kingston Manifesto

    August 24, 2018

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    Multiculturalism, globalism, “open borders,” and the dissolution of nations by Peter Goodchild THE CORROSION of Western civilization can be seen in a group of interrelated political events, as exemplified in Canada, my own country: multiculturalism, globalism, “open borders,” the dissolution of nations, my concerns especially since the period of 2008 to 2011, when I was in […]

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    The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds Audio Book: Last Contact

    May 3, 2018

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    by Bradford L. Huie for The American Mercury TODAY WE PRESENT THE FINAL installment of our audio book series based on the biography of William Luther Pierce, The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds by Robert S. Griffin, read by Vanessa Neubauer. (ILLUSTRATION: Portrait of Dr. William L. Pierce by S.M. Casper) Click here for all […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 12

    July 12, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury TO HEAR the attacks made on the character of James Conley — a major witness against Leo Frank when Frank was tried for murdering a 13-year-old girl in his employ, Mary Phagan — you could easily be forgiven for assuming that you were hearing a speech from a […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 11

    July 5, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury ALMOST THE ENTIRE pro-Leo Frank narrative is dependent on one claim: that Prosecutor Hugh Dorsey fabricated James Conley’s story (or edited and embellished a story made up by Conley) and then coached him to deliver it skillfully on the witness stand. If Conley’s story was not fiction, and […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 10

    June 28, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury THE “Hang the Jew” hoax — the claim that “anti-Semitic mobs” stood outside the courtroom during the 1913 Atlanta murder trial of Leo Frank, shouting “hang the Jew or we’ll hang you” or the like and thereby intimidating the jury — was demolished during our audio book segment […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 9

    June 21, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury JEWISH WRITERS on the Leo Frank case have made some astounding claims about the “atmosphere of anti-Semitism” during the trial of B’nai B’rith official Leo Frank for the strangulation sex murder of his 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in 1913 Atlanta. There were, we are told, “anti-Semitic” mobs (yes, […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 8

    June 14, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury THE PROSECUTION in the Leo Frank case never mentioned the word “Jew” until it was brought up by the defense — and lead prosecutor Hugh Dorsey had a long history of friendly relations and close collaboration with Jews throughout his life and career. So the accusation, common today […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 7

    June 7, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury WE HEAR A LOT today about people “playing the race card” — using race unjustly in a dispute, or as a moral bludgeon to obscure the facts. In 1913 Atlanta, the Leo Frank defense team played the race card — and in a very big way. Interestingly, the […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 6

    May 31, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury PARTISANS OF Leo Frank have often tried to discredit Jim Conley’s testimony by pointing out that his account of the visit of Corinthia Hall and Emma Clark to the pencil factory where the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan took place was off by more than an hour. But […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 5

    May 24, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury JIM Conley’s testimony in the Leo Frank case riveted the attention of not only all those present in the courtroom, but the entire state of Georgia and beyond hung on his words as they were reported. Despite being a member of a disparaged minority, Conley’s word was given […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 4

    May 17, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury WHEN LEO FRANK was first arrested for the murder of Mary Phagan, his and his defense team’s major focus was placing the blame on Newt Lee, the Black night watchman who discovered the murdered girl’s body. They were so eager to avoid any attention being given to another […]

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    The Leo Frank Case: The Lynching of a Guilty Man, part 3

    May 10, 2018

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    by Philip St. Raymond for The American Mercury THE JEWISH Anti-Defamation League (or ADL) — back in the days when they and their allies had a near-monopoly on public discussion of the Leo Frank case — once made the claim that Leo Frank was arrested and indicted and convicted of the murder of Mary Phagan “without […]