New York

Arraignment of 18 who allegedly attempted to overthrow the US government

January 16, 1940
New York
Two of a group of 18 men, allegedly from the Christian Front, enter a courthouse surrounded by press

The men, along with the other 16 not pictured, were arraigned for a conspiracy to overthrow the US government. They were allegedly part of the Christian Front, a far-right radical group that was “pro-American, pro-Christian, anti-Communist and anti-Nazi.” In their pro-Christian ideology they were also anti-Semitic. Ultimately, public sympathy was on their side and no verdict was given. The charges against the group was eventually dropped but historian Francis MacDonnell stated the cause against the Christian Front was not lost despite the lack of convictions, stating “the trial revealed the Christian Fronters to be a group of unbalanced cranks and successfully discredited the entire movement.”

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