Massive Resistance I

Lead: After the Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that separate black schools were unconstitutional, Virginia’s white leadership resisted desegregation using legislation and theory, a campaign known as massive resistance.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: From its founding by Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, the Democratic-Republican Party, now known as the Democrat Party, was an alliance of Northern urban, usually immigrant groups, and Southern agricultural interests. It dominated American politics from 1800 until 1856. The growing sectional conflict leading up to the Civil War split the party and, because they were seen as champions of the Union, political dominance shifted to the Republicans. Outside Northern cities, about the only place Democrats held significant power was in the South where by 1900 racist white conservatives had begun to erect the discriminatory edifice of laws suppressing black civil rights that came to be known as Jim Crow.

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Richard Nixon – The Forgotten Campaign – II

Lead: In 1962, Richard Nixon nearly aborted his political comeback.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After losing to John Kennedy in 1960 Richard Nixon ran for Governor of California. He did not want the job, Pat Nixon did not want him to run, but his supporters were clambering and he loved politics like air and water. The campaign had no high point. It was characterized by smear, innuendo, charge and counter charge on both sides. He ran against a dull but popular incumbent, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, and from the beginning Nixon faced two serious questions, neither of which he answered very well. First, that he was simply using California as a steppingstone to run for the White House in 1964. In fact, he was not. He knew running against the popular incumbent Jack Kennedy would be political suicide, but his denials were unimpressive.

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Richard Nixon – The Forgotten Campaign – I

Lead: In 1962 Richard Nixon tried a political comeback after his loss to John Kennedy. It was a mistake.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In baby boomer politics there was no more significant player than Richard Nixon. From his beginnings as a California congressman in 1947 to his death in the 1990s, he was not far from the headlines whether as candidate, office holder, or commentator. His career may have been a roller coaster of highs and lows, but he was never boring. One of those low points was the oft-forgotten and ill-fated California Gubernatorial Campaign of 1962.

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First Ladies- Caroline Harrison

Lead: During her years as first lady, Caroline Harrison threw herself into a thorough renovation of the White House.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Between the administrations of Grover Cleveland, Benjamin and Caroline Harrison occupied the White House. They were not alone there. Four generations from Caroline's father, ninety-year-old John Scott, to Benjamin Harrison McKee, the couple's two-year-old grandchild, lived there from time to time.

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Texas Invades New Mexico

Lead: After independence the new Republic of Texas experienced some acute growing pains.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. The disaster of the Alamo was soon followed by the defeat of Mexican General Santa Anna at San Jacinto. Sam Houston's experience as Governor of Tennessee and popularity as the architect of Texas' victory carried him into the Presidency of the New Republic.

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First Ladies- Francis Cleveland

Lead:  The President of the United States got involved with a twenty-one year old woman. The nation was scandalized.

Intro.:  A Moment In Time with Dan Roberts.

Content:  When Grover Cleveland entered the White House in 1885 he was a confirmed bachelor and likely to remain one. His sisters asked him if he thought of marrying, he told them: “A good many times; and the more I think of it the more I think I’ll not do it.” Imagine lying to his sisters like that.  The sneaky old man had something going on the side all along.

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Revolution in Paradise (Hawaii)

Lead: Its strategic position and economic potential were too great for Hawaii to retain its independence.

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

Content: In January 1891 David Kalakaua the last King of the Hawaiians died while on trip to California. His reign had characterized by rising political corruption and the increasing influence of Asian immigrants and white people, most especially citizens of the United States. While resenting this growing foreign influence Kalakaua contributed to it by signing two Reciprocity Treaties with the States which gave Americans a larger share of the Hawaiian economy as each year passed. Toward the end of his life he was forced by public opinion aroused by influential Americans to surrender many of his personal powers to the legislature by agreeing to what his successor called the "bayonet constitution."

 

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American Revolution: The British Army in Hostile Colonial America III

Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.
Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts
Content: The presence of an occupying army in Boston after 1768 was a scary thing, but scary or not, the citizens of the city were determined to resist this indignity. The Commonwealth refused to pay for quartering the British troops, but its property owners were perfectly willing to rent space to house the soldiers at a premium. The existence of a permanent garrison generated an uptick in business for food purveyors and tavern owners, but from the beginning relations between town and army were harsh and disposed to end badly.

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