Charles Edward Stuart and the ’45 I

Lead: For generations the Stuarts hoped with fond regret of regaining the British crown. The high point of their hopes was the 1745 rebellion led by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Having threatened or irritated most of the influential leaders of England, King James II was supplanted in the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688. The Catholic James had been tolerated as long as he and his queen had no children, but when she became pregnant in June 1688 events quickly moved out of his control. Late that year in an moment of uncharacteristic timidity, he fled in the face of the invading Dutch armies of William of Orange. For years he watched from French exile with mounting regret as Parliament transferred the throne to William and James’ own Protestant daughter Mary. Many in England, however, and especially in Scotland longed for a return of the Stuarts.

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United States Leaves Saigon (Vietnam)

Lead: In late April 1975, the American war in Vietnam, representing 15 years of sacrifice of both blood and treasure, came to an end.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts



Coretta Scott King II

Lead: In the years before and after the assassination of her husband, Coretta Scott King provided strong leadership within the civil rights movement.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: It was not easy residing at the center of the maelstrom, raising a large family, taking a supportive role at the side of one of humanity’s most consequential figures, but, nevertheless, Coretta King rose to take the role of leader. She escaped and stood strong when white supremacists directed violence against their family. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace prize, she was by his side.


Coretta Scott King I

Lead: In the pantheon of the civil rights movement Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife, Coretta Scott King, shine most brightly.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: As the issue of African-American Civil rights forced itself onto the American national agenda, it is not surprising that the prosperous, educated, black upper-class should feel most acutely the second-class status which America’s white majority enforced so vigorously to keep them in their place.

The Manson Murders II

Lead: In the late summer of 1969, fanatical followers of Charles Manson went on a weekend spree, brutally killing seven wealthy and prominent members of Los Angeles society. Four months later they were charged.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At first the so-called Tate-LaBianca murders were not connected by police, but because of the similarities of the two crimes, finally the LAPD made the link. The big break for the prosecutors came when one of Manson’s “Family,” in prison on another charge, boasted to her cellmate that she had been in on the Tate murders. In December, Manson and four young female followers were charged.

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The Manson Murders I

Lead: Of the turbulent events that marked the decade of the 1960s, the chilling and notorious Charles Manson murders are clearly among most shocking.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Charles Manson was born in 1934. He had an unstable childhood and by the age of thirteen was ripening into young man with a decidedly criminal inclination. After being released from a California prison in 1967, he moved to San Francisco, where he began attracting a group of devoted young people who would eventually follow him on a path of violence and destruction. Playing upon sections of the Book of Revelation and drawing inspiration from certain Beatle songs, Manson and his followers began preparing for a racial war in which black and white would annihilate each other. After this war, which Manson called “Helter Skelter,” he and his followers, or as he called them, his “family,” would emerge from a bottomless pit in Death Valley ready to lead a new society.

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Lead: Out of ancient Japanese history emerged a caste of iconic warriors that often had military and political power. They were the samurai.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The bushi or samurai were members of a powerful class of military combatants who played an increasingly influential role in Japanese political life from approximately CE 800 to fairly late in the modern era. They adhered to the strict ethical code of bushido, the way of the warrior, which stressed Confucian morality, devotion to one’s master, self-discipline and respectful conduct. In defeat, rather than accepting capture, some bushi chose what they considered to be an honorable death by se’ppuku, ritual suicide.