The Epic Of America

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


67841. The Epic Of America. November 28, 1937. Program #1. Mutual net. "The French and The English Come To The New World". Sustaining. The first show of the series. Produced in co-operation with the Federal Radio Project. The Indians help the white men, the Mayflower Compact is signed. . 29:06. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66824. The Epic Of America. December 5, 1937. Program #2. Mutual net. "A Civilization Established". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of the W. P. A. A drama/documentary about the problems of labor in colonial America, and of slavery as well. A portrait of the dream of "land in the woods." James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor), The Negro Melody Singers, Wanda Hale (director of the chorus). 29:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66825. The Epic Of America. December 12, 1937. Program #3. Mutual net. "America Secedes From The Empire". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of the W. P. A. Sam Adams leads the fight against "taxation without representation." "The shot heard 'round the world" is fired and a revolution begins. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66826. The Epic Of America. December 19, 1937. Program #4. Mutual net. "The Nation Finds Itself". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of the W. P. A. The story of "Shay's Rebellion," "The Northwest Compromise" and "the world's first written constitution" (not really true). The cotton gin makes cotten "king" in the south. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:11. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66827. The Epic Of America. December 26, 1937. Program #5. Mutual net. "America Secedes From The Old World". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of the W. P. A. Life on the frontier, Hamilton's Vs. Jefferson's economic doctrines, the Louisiana Purchase. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66364. The Epic Of America. January 2, 1938. Program #6. Mutual net. "The Sun Rises In The West". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre, Radio Division of the W. P. A. Eli Whitney mass produces quality weapons, other vignettes that show the westward expansion of our country before the Civil War, ending with the election of Andrew Jackson. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66828. The Epic Of America. January 9, 1938. Program #7. Mutual net. "The North Begins To Hustle". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of The W. P. A. The North becomes industrialized, the West expands, the South remains unchanged. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66829. The Epic Of America. January 16, 1938. Program #8. Mutual net. "Manifest Destiny Lays A Golden Egg". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio division of The W. P. A. Indians present a problem to the expansion of the West. Texas is eventually added to the United States, but not yet. A panic and financial crisis follows. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66830. The Epic Of America. January 23, 1938. Program #9. Mutual net. "Brother's Blood". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of The W. P. A. Kansas becomes "Bloody Kansas" over slavery, The Dred Scott decision, John Brown seizes the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Lincoln debates Stephen Douglas, is nominated and elected, the war begins, is won, Lincoln is shot. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:10. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66831. The Epic Of America. January 30, 1938. Program #10. Mutual net. "The End Of The Frontiers". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of the W. P. A. Reconstruction begins after the Civil War, the railroads expand, the West becomes more civilized. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:08. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66864. The Epic Of America. February 6, 1938. Program #11. Mutual net. "The Flag Outruns The Constitution". Sustaining. Labor vs. Capitol, with immigrants complicating the conflict. Free Silver vs. the gold standard, war with Spain. One of the performers (in several roles), sounds like Lloyd Nolan. An announcement is made that the series will run fourteen broadcasts, instead of thirteen. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor), Lloyd Nolan (?), The Negro Melody Singers, Juanita Hall (choral director). 29:11. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

1953. The Epic Of America. February 13, 1938. Program #12. Mutual net. "The Age Of The Dinosaur". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of the W. P. A. The story of big business trusts at the turn of the century and how Theodore Roosevelt and others tried to break them up. The announcer says that this is a fourteen part series. On all of the other programs, the series is announced as being in thirteen parts. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66832. The Epic Of America. February 20, 1938. Program #13. Mutual net. "America Revisits The Old World". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of the W. P. A. The world war begins, America enters the war, Armistice Day, President Wilson fails to enter the United States in The League Of Nations, the crash of the stock market. The fourteenth program of the series is announced as being an epilogue in the form of a discussion, to be broadcast February 27, 1938. James Truslow Adams (authgor), Leo Fontane (adaptor). 29:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

66863. The Epic Of America. February 27, 1938. Program #14. Mutual net. "A Portrait Of American Life Today". Sustaining. Produced by The Federal Theatre Radio Division of The W. P. A. The last program of the series. Evan Roberts (of The Federal Theatre Radio Division) comments after the epilogue. A discussion about the program. James Truslow Adams (author), Leo Fontane (adaptor), Evan Roberts, Mrs. Williams H. Corwin (of The American Legion Auxiliary), Mrs. Malcolm Douglas (president of The American Legion Auxiliary), Ellen S. Woodward (of the W. P. A., who speaks from Washington, D. C.), Howard White (of the W. P. A., who speaks from Chicago). 28:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 14 programs.