Lead: The driving force behind the nationalists in the Spanish Civil War was General Francisco Franco Bahamonde. He lived in the world of the past and devoted his life to keeping Spain there as well.

 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 

                Content: Franco was born in 1892. Spain at the time was conservative, Catholic, and nursed a waning, but powerful imperial memory. No longer the center of the world and soon to have Cuba and the Philippines, its two remaining colonial jewels, taken in the Spanish-American War, Spain needed to move quickly to exploit its rich natural, political and human resources, but it did not. That Spain would be denied its rightful place in the ranks of modern, democratic, and progressive societies until the 1970s, was in good measure the result of the life work of Francisco Franco.

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