Catholic priest Father CharlesCoughlin became nationally known in the 1930s as a radio speaker, famous for denouncing organized labor, the New Deal, and Jews. His opinions were inflammatory and anti-Semitic. Anti-Semitism is generally described as hatred or hostility toward Jews as a religious, ethnic or racial group.
Shahn’s painting shows Coughlin as a fanatical speaker, fist raised and head twisted into a pose not unlike AdolfHitler’s. Why might Shahn imply a parallel between Coughlin and Hitler?