1930’s

Police and Pickets - The Labor movement

March 1941 – Strikes, Sit-downs And Walk-outs. Organized Labor And Ford – Past Daily Reference Room

Become a Patron! Between 1937 and 1941, several thousand workers were fired from Ford plants on suspicion of being union activists or even sympathizers. Ford’s black officials along with black ministers and Urban League officials spoke to black workers at Ford and to their families arguing that the UAW would...

March 20, 1939 – Voices Of Spring – Diplomacy In Overtime – The League Of Germanism

Become a Patron! As tensions increased throughout Europe, this first day of Spring in 1939, life for the most part was making a heroic attempt at seeming normal. For the first of two reports for this day, the English Service of Paris Radio was reporting on the upcoming departure of...

Kellogg-Briand Pact - 1928

1937 – The Kellogg-Briand Pact 9 Years On – Making War Illegal – Past Daily Reference Room

A little means a lot- help us keep history preserved and alive: Become a Patron! The Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact. In short; an international agreement to make war illegal. Signed and enacted on August 27, 1928, and being celebrated nine years later, in 1937 as a pact holding by threads, but...

Hospital Mental Ward 1938

Inside A Detroit Hospital – 1938 – Past Daily Gallimaufry: Radio Documentaries

A little support goes a very long way: This is an interesting recording on two levels. One: it represents some of the earliest attempts at doing on-the-spot location recording and assembling a documentary for radio. Two: it shines a light on the then-current problems facing our medical system; the Urban...

FDR - Jackson Day

January 8, 1936 – President Roosevelt At The Jackson Day Dinner

Become a Patron! Jefferson–Jackson Day is the annual fundraising celebration (dinner) held by Democratic Party organizations in the United States. It is named for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, which the party calls its founders. During presidential election campaigns, key dinners are important venues for candidates to attend. It...

Opening of the 74th Congress - Janury 3, 1936

January 3, 1936 – Opening Day Of Congress – Capitol Hill In The Days Of The New Deal.

It makes all the difference in the world: Become a Patron! January 3, 1936 – Opening day of the 74th Congress. The long, sometimes laborious ritual, but significant as it marked one of the first times a broadcast, live from Capitol Hill and from Congress took place. This was one...

Helsinki - December 1939

December 12, 1939 – The League Of Nations And The View From Helsinki.

Become a Patron! Reports from Helsinki and Geneva this December 12, 1939 – dubbed The Winter War, the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland was escalating at a rapid rate. The matter was taken up before the League of Nations, the precursor to The United Nations, formed at the...

November 27, 1938 – “With All This Peace, Let’s Gear Up For War” – France And Striking Unions

‘Tis the season for subscribing . . .Become a Patron! 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. In France the big...

Fritz Lang

Cinema Pioneers – A Word With Fritz Lang – 1971 – Past Daily Weekend Reference Room.

  Become a Patron! Fritz Lang, as any film student will tell you, was one of the undisputed masters of the cinematic form from its very beginning. In an essay written for the DGA Quarterly by Terrence Rafferty, Lang’s work is examined from his earliest Silent films in Germany to...

FDR – Statue Of Liberty – October 28, 1936 – Past Daily Reference Room

Become a Patron! On October 28, 1936, President Roosevelt celebrated the 50th anniversary of the dedication of The Statue of Liberty. So, 127 years ago the Statue of Liberty was unveiled. It has come to symbolize a lot of things, and come to symbolize much that’s been forgotten and ignored....