Cold War Collection: Thomas J. McCarthy

Strange FruitThomas J. McCarthy (1915-1977), journalist and broadcaster, was born in upper-state New York and educated at Georgetown University.

At the age of 22 he was the youngest columnist on the Washington Post. In 1937, with only $10 in his pocket, he took to the road for the Washington Post and hitchhiked the 2000 miles form Washington DC to Los Angeles, reporting on the lives of ordinary people struggling to survive during the Great Depression.

During the 1950s, he was a ground-breaking broadcaster, delivering a live radio programme for four hours, five mornings a week, from his farm in the Ohio Valley.

In the 1960s and 70s, his articles, features and history essays appeared in many publications, including the Boston Globe, American Heritage and the New York Times.

The Thomas J. McCarthy Cold War Collection is made up of approximately 185 books, articles and pamphlets, and has been presented to Liverpool John Moores University by his daughter, London-based journalist Hilaria McCarthy.

The Thomas J. McCarthy Collection is housed in the American Studies Resource Centre, which is located in the Aldham Robarts Library. Please contact the Centre directly for details of access and opening times.

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