Josephine (Bonaparte)

Lead: The widow Beauharnais charmed the young Corsican general and became an Empress.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: General Vicomte Alexander Beauharnais went to the guillotine during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. His sword was confiscated during a round-up of weapons in the fall of 1795 and his teen-aged son, Eugene, determined to get back the sword, went to see the commanding general of the army in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte. Impressed with the young man's devotion to his father's memory, Bonaparte immediately returned the sword.


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Annie Oakley I

Lead: As a girl Annie Oakley helped feed her destitute family with her keen marksmanship. In later years she made good use of those talents.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At the Woman's Building at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 the progress of the women's movement being led by suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was chronicled. A short distance away, a thoroughly liberated woman was mesmerizing large crowds, doing man's work better than most men. Born Phoebe Ann Moses in the year before the Civil War began, Annie Oakley, the principle performer of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, was practicing what the women's movement was preaching.


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Twilight in Valhalla (Hitler) I

Lead: His dreams and the whole of Germany in rubble around him, the Great Architect of the Third Reich groveled in a hole in the center of Berlin.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: As the spring of 1945 made clear to the Nazi leadership the defeat of Germany that had been apparent for many months to the rest of the world, the tiny contingent of high officials that shared with Adolf Hitler responsibility for that defeat continued to go through the motions deep beneath the Garden of the Chancellery in the Fuehrerbunker.



Independence of Bangladesh III

Lead: In 1947, at the partition of India, two regions were set up, a thousand miles apart which would become a homeland for Muslims and a separate Islamic Republic known as Pakistan. In 1971 East Pakistan declared independence.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: From the beginning the two regions of Pakistan were incompatible. Despite their shared religion, the majority of East Pakistan who spoke Bengali felt their second-class status. Most of the army and civil service came from West Pakistan and spoke Urdu the language of the West. Attempts were made to recruit more Bengalis but by the 1960s only a third of the civil service of East Pakistan came from there. Most of the national budget was spent in the West even though most of national income came from the sale of jute and tea grown in East Pakistan.



Independence of Bangladesh II

Lead: As the date for Indian independence drew closer the Muslim minority began to plan for a separate state.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the months following World War II, it became obvious that Britain would have to give up control of India. It was equally clear that it would have to be partitioned. Factional violence between Hindus and Muslims was growing particularly as the possibility of the British departure became ever more real. In the 1946, the representative of London known as the viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten conceived the plan of division. The largest section of the sub-continent was to be the nation of India. Pakistan, divided into East and West regions on either side of India would be an Islamic state.



Independence of Bangladesh I

Lead: In late 1971 the eastern provinces of Pakistan broke away and formed a separate nation. The state of Bangladesh was born.

Intro.: "A Moment In Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: The vast sub-continent of India has for centuries been the scene of ethnic and religious conflict with various languages and sects vying for control. The Buddhism that swept over India in the Third Century was soon washed away by Hinduism which itself was supplanted in many areas around A.D. 1200 by militant Islam. One of those regions where the general population was attracted to the Moslem faith was Bengal, the area east of the city of Calcutta and shaped by the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers.



Josephus, Ancient Historian II

Lead: Drawn into a rebellion against Rome he thought unwinnable, the Jewish historian Josephus helped lead the revolt in A.D. 66, was captured and made ready to be taken to Rome for trial and certain death.

Intro.: "A Moment In Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Josephus came from a prominent clerical family and he followed in that tradition by becoming a priest. As the patriotic movement for Jewish independence reached fever pitch Josephus was swept along. He was installed as Governor and Defender of Galilee and when the Romans came into re-establish their control, Josephus was taken into custody.



Josephus, Ancient Historian I

Lead: In an era of high drama and conflict the Jewish historian Josephus was an active participant.

Intro.: "A Moment In Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Born in A.D. 37 to a prominent family of Judean priests, Josephus began preparation to carry on the family tradition. He later wrote describing himself as a diligent student and his education as primarily religious and he became a priest at the age of 19. In Judaism during this period there were three theological parties struggling for influence within the community and he affiliated himself with the largest and most vigorous. Josephus became a Pharisee.