“Jitterbugs” and “Crack-pots”: Responses in 1938 to “War of the Worlds”

Of the 1,770 people who wrote to the main CBS station about the broadcast, 1,086 were complimentary. “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. From the Meridian Room in the Park Plaza in New York City, we bring you the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra.” The sounds of “La Cumparsita” began to fill the airwaves.[…]

Free Speech on Trial: Eugene Debs at Canton, Ohio, in 1918

“My fate is in your hands. I am prepared for the verdict.” Introduction On a sultry afternoon in 1918, the tall, lanky Hoosier walked up the bandstand’s steps and surveyed the growing crowd gathered in Nimisilla Park in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday, June 16. They had come to hear the keynote speech at the Buckeye[…]

A Founding Father in Dissent: How Elbridge Gerry Gave Us the Bill of Rights

Gerry the proposed original constitution threatened the liberties of the people and the rights of the states. During his second term as governor of Massachusetts, in 1811, Elbridge Gerry, upset with the Federalist Party’s outspoken opposition to President James Madison’s foreign policy, approved a controversial redistricting plan designed to give the Republican Party an advantage[…]