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For God and GlobeChristian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War$
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Michael G. Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452727

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.001.0001

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The World Tomorrow as a Foreign Policy Counterpublic

The World Tomorrow as a Foreign Policy Counterpublic

(p.47) Chapter 2 The World Tomorrow as a Foreign Policy Counterpublic
For God and Globe

Michael G. Thompson

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents a theoretical framework with which to read The World Tomorrow—one that fuses an old category, “foreign policy public,” and a new term, “counterpublic.” With Kirby Page as editor, the journal presented a distinctive mix of muckraking rage and middlebrow didacticism as it sought to educate readers about the hidden realities of American imperialism in Latin America and American militarism everywhere, from colleges to Cosmopolitan magazine. In the 1930s, as The World Tomorrow became interested in disrupting wider public discourse, it amassed American clergy opinion in a series of highly publicized surveys. The oppositional nature of the journal was at its peak when U.S. Army chief Douglas MacArthur wrote an open letter condemning the nearly treasonous internationalism of the journal.

Keywords:   The World Tomorrow, foreign policy public, foreign policy counterpublic, didacticism, American imperialism, American militarism

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