November 27, 1938 – “With All This Peace, Let’s Gear Up For War” – France And Striking Unions
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With the world breathing a cautious, albeit temporary sigh of relief, now that the Munich Crisis was over, news for this November 27th in 1938 had much to do with the goings on in Europe, post-Treaty.
On this particular November 27th it had a lot to do with unions and workers going on strike, and bringing France to a standstill. The Munich agreement left many uneasy as France was gearing towards War work. In question was the 40 hour work week, which French labor unions struggled a long time to achieve. Now that war was threatening, the 40 hour week was in danger of being a thing of the past and France was hit by a wave of walk-outs. On the one hand, there was the issue of preparedness for any eventuality, but there was also the question of quality of life for the average French worker. It seemed as though no middle-ground could be achieved in this current climate. But as many feared a war was inevitable, there were those who believed war was not, and perhaps this agreement in Munich was in fact a “last demand”, and that another war was averted.
The unease brought about by the Munich agreement was felt in the U.S., with calls for stepped-up military defense production and forging closer ties with Latin America. It was feared Latin America would fall under the Fascist influence and something needed to be done to shore up those relationships. The world wasn’t breathing easy.
All that, and news over how the world situation was affecting us socially and culturally, on this broadcast of the CBS Radio Program Headlines And Bylines for November 27, 1938.