Title

New Deal Public Relations: A Glimpse into FDR Press Secretary Stephen Early’s Work

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2007

College/Unit

Reed College of Media

Department/Program/Center

Reed College of Media

Abstract

Long-time confidant and press secretary to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Stephen Early served throughout FDR's 12-year administration. As such, he was chief White House communicator during the implementation of the president's New Deal policies and throughout World War II. In March 1934, on the first day of his second year as secretary, Early started a diary. He added to it until the end of the decade. This study examines 131 of Early's diary entries over its 6 years to construct a glimpse of his professional and personal life as a high-level government communicator. Compilations of his most common activities are made and compared over time, and a discussion of Early's day-to-day professional work, private time, and contributions within the context of modern public relations practice are included.

Source Citation

Martinelli, Diana and Mucciarone, Jeff. (Spring 2007). “New Deal Public Relations: A Glimpse into FDR Press Secretary Stephen Early’s Work.” Public Relations Review.

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