Dorothy Thompson’s ‘Modern Coup D’état’ Warning

The last in a series of articles commemorating Women’s History Month by spotlighting a significant speech or testimony delivered by a woman in the U.S. on this date.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ill-fated plan to pack the Supreme Court with justices favorably disposed to his New Deal legislation caused a political firestorm in 1937. Critics accused him of undermining American democracy. One if his most outspoken critics was the influential journalist Dorothy Thompson.
Thompson had witnessed the rise of fascism as a foreign correspondent traveling through Weimar Germany in the early…