Primary Source Analysis
October 17, 2018
Pringle, Henry F. “Profiles: The President I.” New Yorker, June 16, 1934, 20-25.
On the sixteenth of June in 1934, New Yorker magazine published an article entitled “Profiles: The President I.” The article is approximately five pages long and was written by Henry F. Pringle. On the first page of the article there is a caricature of a man laughing with his head thrown back, six decorative stars are framing the title, and the date is printed on the upper right-hand corner of the page. The article reveals itself to be a detailed profile on the daily life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with insight into his political meetings, personality, living accommodations, and family life. The article is incredibly flattering of president Roosevelt and depicts him as jovial, intelligent, and kind. There is a note at the end of the article that informs the reader that “Profiles: The President I” is the first of three pieces that are to be published in the New Yorker. It is easy to discern that the author’s goal is to inform his audience about president Roosevelt but it is less obvious if the author is attempting to persuade his audience to support the president and his agenda. The possible purposes of the article force the question of whether or not the author and the magazine have a skewed view on Roosevelt due to political affiliations, and this question could best be answered by doing further research on New Yorker magazine and Henry F. Pringle. Continue reading “Primary Source Analysis”