Peekskill New York - riots at Paul Robeson Concert - The Red Scare comes to Small town America.

September 12, 1949 – Riots And Racism At Peekskill – Mid-Term Mayhem – Grandma Moses Turns 89 – Death Comes To Richard Strauss.

Peekskill New York – riots at Paul Robeson Concert – The Red Scare comes to Small town America.

A messy week, this one ending on September 12th in 1949, with violence, racism, red scare, politics and birthdays tossed in for good measure. Starting with President Truman stumping on behalf of candidates running in the 1949 Mid-Term elections. Truman decried repeated Republican charges of Socialism while pressing for Farm supports.

John Foster Dulles announces his intention to seek re-election, running against Herbert Lehman for the Senate seat in New York. Vice-President Alban Barkley talks about romance rumors currently occupying the veep’s life.

Painter Grandma Moses turned 89 this week. Grandma Moses, was an American folk artist. She began painting in earnest at the age of 78 and is a prominent example of a newly successful art career at an advanced age. Her works have been shown and sold worldwide, including in museums, and have been merchandised such as on greeting cards.

Moses appeared on magazine covers, television, and in a biographical documentary. Her autobiography is My Life’s History, she won numerous awards, and she held two honorary doctoral degrees.

Composer Richard Strauss died this week. Strauss was a German composer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, best known for his orchestral program music ( tone poems ), his song writing and his operas became known. He is counted among the composers of the late Romantic period. Strauss was also a major conductor and theater manager , and a campaigner for copyright reform.

A Mass killing in New Jersey was termed the worst in our nation’s history.

And racism reared it’s head at the aftermath of riots at the Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill New York, brought on by the ever-present Red Scare and racism brought on by Paul Robeson, who was Black.

Increased aid was considered on Capitol Hill for non-Communist China, as more ground is given over to the Chinese Communists of Mao Tse-Tung.

And Pennant fever starts for the 1949 World Series.

All that and so much more via NBC Radio‘s Voices and Events series for September 12, 1949.


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