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The Resource Words at war : World War II era radio drama and the postwar broadcasting industry blacklist, Howard Blue

Words at war : World War II era radio drama and the postwar broadcasting industry blacklist, Howard Blue

Label
Words at war : World War II era radio drama and the postwar broadcasting industry blacklist
Title
Words at war
Title remainder
World War II era radio drama and the postwar broadcasting industry blacklist
Statement of responsibility
Howard Blue
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Words at War describes how 17 radio dramatists and their actors fought a war of words against fascism abroad and injustice at home. Beginning in the late 1930s, the commercial networks, private agencies, and the government cooperated with radio dramatists to produce plays to alert Americans to the Nazi threat. They also used radio to stimulate morale. They showed how Americans could support the fight against fascism even if it meant just having a "victory garden." Simultaneously as they worked on the war effort, many radio writers and actors advanced a progressive agenda to fight the enemy within: racism, poverty, and other social ills. When the war ended, many of these people paid for their idealism by suffering blacklisting. Veterans' groups, the FBI, right-wing politicians, and other reactionaries mounted an assault on them to drive them out of their professions. This book discusses that partly successful effort and the response of the radio personalities involved. This book discusses commercial drama series such as The Man Behind the Gun, network sustained shows such as those of Norman Corwin, and government-produced programs such as the Uncle Sam series. The book is largely based on the author's interviews with Norman Corwin, Arthur Miller, Pete Seeger, Arthur Laurents, Art Carney and dozens of others associated with radio during its Golden Age. It also discusses public reaction to these broadcasts and the issue of blacklisting. Words at War weaves together materials from FBI files and materials from archives around the country, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the National Archives and a dozen university special collection libraries, to tell how the nation used a unique broadcast genre in a time of national crisis. Readers in the era of the current World Trade Center terrorism crisis will be particularly interested to read about censorship, scapegoating, and the government's role in disseminating propaganda and other issues that have once again
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DLC
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1941-
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Blue, Howard
Dewey number
384.54/0973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1991.3.U6
LC item number
B59 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies and documentation in the history of popular entertainment
Series volume
5
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Radio plays, American
  • Blacklisting of entertainers
Label
Words at war : World War II era radio drama and the postwar broadcasting industry blacklist, Howard Blue
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-390) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Enemy
  • America's Allies: The British
  • America's Allies: The Soviets
  • The Home Front
  • Fighting Intolerance
  • Women
  • The War against the Jews
  • Looking toward the Postwar Era
  • The War Ends
  • The Postwar Era: A Change of Enemies
  • The Writers
  • The Actors
  • On the Eve of World War II: Expressing Antifascism through Allegory
  • Corwin and the Office of Facts and Figures
  • The Office of War Information and Other Government Agencies
  • Private Agencies
  • Sponsored Radio Dramas
  • Presenting the U.S. Armed Forces
Control code
49681260
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 407 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780810844131
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002006523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Words at war : World War II era radio drama and the postwar broadcasting industry blacklist, Howard Blue
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-390) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Enemy
  • America's Allies: The British
  • America's Allies: The Soviets
  • The Home Front
  • Fighting Intolerance
  • Women
  • The War against the Jews
  • Looking toward the Postwar Era
  • The War Ends
  • The Postwar Era: A Change of Enemies
  • The Writers
  • The Actors
  • On the Eve of World War II: Expressing Antifascism through Allegory
  • Corwin and the Office of Facts and Figures
  • The Office of War Information and Other Government Agencies
  • Private Agencies
  • Sponsored Radio Dramas
  • Presenting the U.S. Armed Forces
Control code
49681260
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 407 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780810844131
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002006523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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