Gambling Comes to Nevada

Lead: Mired in the Great Depression, to create jobs the state of Nevada legalized gambling.

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

 Content: Nevada was the last area of the continental United States to be explored by Europeans. In the early 1800s British and American fur traders crossed the territory and then returned to trap along the Humboldt River the late 1820s. After gold was discovered in California in 1848, thousands of people crossed Nevada on their way to the Pacific Coast. Acquired from Mexico by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, Nevada became a separate territory after a dazzling silver strike, the Comstock Lode, near Virginia City. The discovery brought thousands seeking a bonanza some of whom stayed and helped make Nevada a state in 1864.


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John Maynard Keynes Predicts Disaster-II

Lead: As part of the British delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference after World War One, John Maynard Keynes became increasingly disenchanted with the hostile attitude of the allies toward Germany.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: the conference was driven by three main leaders: Lloyd George of Great Britain, Clemenceau of France, and Wilson of the United States. The conference is needed to deal the divisions in Europe after four years of terrible fighting. It failed miserably.

John Maynard Keynes Predicts Disaster-I

Lead: Known primarily for his groundbreaking work on economics during the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes first gained international renown after the World War I Versailles Peace Conference.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Keynes was born in the early 1880s to an academic family in Cambridge England. He studied at Eaton and then at King's College, Cambridge. He graduated with first-class honors in mathematics, but ironically tested poorly on economics. After university Keynes became a civil servant, working on currency issues at Britain's India Office.

Coxey’s Army I

Lead: In the mid-1890s the United States experienced its greatest economic depression to that time. To relieve the suffering Jacob Sechler Coxey organized an army.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Panic on Wall Street in 1893 led to the closing of hundreds of banks and widespread bankruptcies. Hundreds of thousands of workers were unemployed, nearly two hundred thousand in New York City alone. Many of those who were employed worked for corporations upon whom there was little constraint on the way in which they treated their workers. "Wage Slavery" was a term coined to describe the lot of those employed in dead end, torturous jobs, which paid very little and placed them at the mercy of corporations relentlessly pursuing ever mounting profits during a time of worsening social conditions.

Coxey’s Army II

Lead: With the United States mired in a deep depression Jacob Coxey organized a March on Washington.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In 1894, Jacob Coxey, a successful businessman from Massillon, Ohio, and his associate Carl Brown, a labor organizer, wanted to get the US government to do something to relieve the suffering of unemployed workers during the aftermath of the Recession or Panic of 1893. Specifically, they wanted the Federal government to increase the amount of silver in circulation so that businesses could expand and hire more workers, and to appropriate $500 million dollars to put the unemployed to work building roads.

Haynes-Webster Debate III

Lead: Their debate may have begun on the questions of tariffs and sale of cheap western land, but in January 1830, Hayne and Webster really were debating the future of the Union.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In 1830 many southerners thought tariffs hurt the sales of cotton overseas. Many westerners were angered that the federal government was considering cutting back on the sale of cheap land which was one reason people were moving west. For decades this was a powerful alliance of convenience, but in January 1830 the debate over land boiled over into a argument over the Constitution. On one side was Senator Robert Hayne of South Carolina. He believed that a state could cancel or nullify any federal law it thought wrong. He was opposed by Daniel Webster.



Haynes-Webster Debate II

Lead: Starting out to debate high tariffs and the sale of cheap western land, in January 1930 Senators Robert Y. Hayne and Daniel Webster got sidetracked.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Founders settled a number of important issues when they constructed the United States, but the Constitution of 1787 left untreated several key matters. One was the running sore of slavery and closely associated with that was the unresolved question of states’ rights. The several sovereign states had come together to form the Union, but what powers did they retain? In 1830 high tariffs on imported goods were threatening the overseas sale of southern cotton. Dixie congressmen were hoping to find common cause with westerners also threatened in their case by a proposed halt in the sale of cheap federal land.