Hitler Comes to Power II

Lead: The voters who gave Hitler his chance at power were a strange mix.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In 1930 Hitler was determined to lead Germany, but having failed in one illegal attempt in 1924, the so-called Beer Hall Putsch, he wanted to be elected to office. The Great Depression offered him the chance. Votes for the Nazis soared as unemployment and social frustration made very appealing Hitler’s message, a neurotic mixture of militant socialism, national pride, and half-baked socio-babble.


Hitler Comes to Power I

Lead: In 1933 one of the most sophisticated, religious, cosmopolitan nations on earth selected as its leader one of history’s great thugs.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: How Germany could have allowed itself to become mesmerized by Adolf Hitler is a quandary. After World War I, a draconian peace settlement had been forced on Germany. Hitler played upon feelings of national humiliation. There was a loose, undefined conviction that the greatness of Germany was being denied by an international conspiracy of Communists, Jews, and others who were preventing the Reich from taking its legitimate place in the Sun. Hitler hammered away at these shadowy enemies of national splendor.


Alexander Hamilton’s Trick Pistol II

Lead: In July, 1804, Alexander Hamilton answered the challenge of his archrival Aaron Burr and was fatally shot in a duel. He may have booby-trapped himself.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: For nearly two centuries, Hamilton has been seen as the hapless victim of his ruthless opponent. After years of nearly constant political, social and business conflict, the two finally came to blows. Hamilton fired first over Burr's head. Burr took careful aim and gunned the other man down. Hamilton is said to have murmured that he never intended to shoot Burr, but his choice of pistols may indicate that he might not have been completely honest.


Alexander Hamilton’s Trick Pistol I

Lead: Perhaps Alexander Hamilton was not such a hero after all.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Since being shot by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804, Alexander Hamilton has enjoyed something akin to martyr status. At the crucial moment Hamilton fired over the head of his political and social rival, a man he despised.

Burr then coldly took aim and drilled Hamilton, the bullet finding his liver and causing the former Secretary of the Treasury's death two days later. This story confirmed Burr's well-established reputation for ruthlessness; he is considered a fascinating and enigmatic figure, but by many, more than a little cruel.


James Lusk Alcorn: Mississippi Scalawag

Lead: Reconstruction Governor James Lusk Alcorn of Mississippi was considered a Scalawag.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: To the majority of whites in post-Civil War Mississippi, people like Alcorn were social pariahs. Unlike the carpetbaggers, Northerners who came to take advantage of a beaten and struggling South, he and other native citizens who cooperated with the Federal occupation forces were held in special contempt. Actually, he had a long career of faithful service to his state and, absent the deep emotions growing out of the South's defeat and humiliation, would have continued to have enjoyed support and political power.

Apollo I Tragedy II

Lead: Faulty design and a hasty schedule driven by domestic and cold war politics led in early 1967 to the greatest disaster in America’s race to the moon.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Late in the afternoon of January 27, 1967 three astronauts, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were locked in the Apollo Command and Service Module atop a Saturn IB rocket high above the scrub oaks and swamps of the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s east coast. They were at the end of a relatively routine test of the launch system. Suddenly, the test stopped being routine. There was fire in the cockpit.

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Apollo I Tragedy I

Lead: In the winter of 1967, the race to the moon was on. The pressure on the Apollo program was enormous. Faulty design and careless construction led to a disastrous fire.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: From the moment the first signals of Sputnik alerted the world to a new era of space exploration, it seemed that the United States was nearly always behind. The Soviets achieved the first dog in space, the first manned flight, the first man in orbit, the first woman in orbit, the first space walk. America’s stumbling space program seemed always two steps behind, never quite able to surpass its geopolitical rival. By 1966 President John F. Kennedy’s goal of reaching the moon before the decade seemed illusive.

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Presidential Wit of Abraham Lincoln

Lead: Of the weapons available to the politician, among the most powerful is humor. No one was better at wielding that weapon than Abraham Lincoln.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Few politicians can survive if they become an object of laughter and ridicule. On the other hand, those seeking office who have the ability to use humor as a weapon against opponents or as a means of giving themselves a more sympathetic and down-to-earth image, go a long way to winning the support and perhaps the affection of the electorate. A sense of humor is not required for election, but it helps, both to soften the blow of losing or, even better, to keep political success in correct perspective.