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The Americans All--Immigrants All Radio Program

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Background

From the December 2nd, 1938 edition of the Hearne Democrat:

American-Immigrant
     Program Being
          Broadcast By CBS
     A series of twenty-six dramatic radio broadcasts, designed to show the contributions of various cultural groups to the social, economic and political development of the United States, are being presented by the United States Department of Interior, Office of Education and the Columbia Broadcasting System, each Sunday at 1 o'clock, with the cooperation of the service Bureau for Intercultural Education, and with the assistance of the Works Progress Administration.
     "American All--Immigrants All" will promote better understanding for and among all cultural and racial groups through the dramatization of the contributions made by each group to American life.  This series will be the presentation of their story.
     The following is a list of these programs and the dates of their presentation:
     December 4--No. 4--Scotch-Irish and Welsh in the United States.
     December 11--No. 5--Winning Freedom.
     December 18--No. 6--The Negro in the United States.
     A special leaflet containing valuable information is prepared to supplement each of the 26 broadcasts.  These leaflets will be sent without charge to listeners who write for them to the Office of Education, Washington, D. C.
     These programs with their accompanying leaflets containing listener aid and follow up activities may be used by teachers in schools and by church and community leaders  to motivate and guide discussions in such classes and study groups as:  Problems for our Democracy, History, Civics, Studies of Community Life, Education for Family Living, Music, Literature, and the arts.

From the February 28th, 1939 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

Radio Dial Log
By Jo Ranson
Mayor LaGuardia on WABC
     Principal speaker on the "Americans All--Immigrants All" program over WABC this coming Sunday at 2:00 p.m. will be Mayor Fiorella H. LaGuardia.  The Italians' many contributions to our art and commerce will be the theme of the dramatized portion of this regular Sunday feature.
     "Americans All--Immigrants All" is a CBS feature worked out in cooperation with the office of education, Department of Interior.  Gilbert Seldes writes the episodes in between his chores as head of CBS' television program department.  Brewster Morgan directs and produces them.
     The object of "Americans All--Immigrants All" is to discourage racial and religious intolerance by showing the great debt America owes immigrant groups.
     The story of Father Piestro Bandini, who founded Tonitown in Arkansas in the face of extreme local hostility, will be related as an instance of a condition which the series hopes to eliminate. 

From the April 6th, 1939 edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

As We See It
News and Views
Of The Sentinel
     A few months ago the New York City board of education authorized instruction, which gives the background and culture of various nationalities, to promote tolerance of racial and religious differences.
     In this connection it is interesting to observe that John W. Studebaker, the United States commissioner of education, has supervised an educational radio series entitled "Americans All--Immigrants All."  The Office of Education has also prepared 24 transcriptions which will be available for schools throughout the nation.  There is a growing movement in education to adapt the school curriculum to the strengthening of democracy.
     Leaders in education, writing, music, and dramatics have participated in the "Americans All--Immigrants All" series.
     Dramatizing the story of the most spectacular movement of humanity in all recorded time--the movement of millions of men, women and children from other lands to the land they made their own--the recordings should be valuable aids in the teaching of history, social studies, civil government, economics, industry, agriculture, art and geography.  Educational and civic groups are utilizing the programs to enrich their meetings and educational work.
     The recordings, in dramatized form, deal with the contributions to American growth of many peoples--English, hispanic peoples, Scots, Irish and Welsh, French-speaking peoples, the Netherlanders, Germans, Scandinavians, Japanese, Chinese, Jews, Slavs, Italians, Greeks, Armenians, Syrians, Portuguese, Hungarians, Latvians, Estonians, and others.
     Other subjects covered in this ultra-modern library are immigrant contributions in science, industry, arts and crafts, social progress, A New England Town (dramatizing interweaving a group life in an early Colonial America), An Industrial City (dramatizing the emergence of American culture in industrial cities), and Grand Finale.
     These new tools of education should aid in the development of the all-important qualities of tolerance toward and good will among all peoples.  They may be used to further understanding of the contributions of various nationalities in constructing the basic foundations that undergird American democracy, and to foster new appreciations for working together.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Docudramas
Network(s): CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 38-11-13 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 38-11-13 to39-05-07; CBS [WABC]; Twenty-Six, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: United State Department of the Interior, Office of Education; Works Progress Administration
Sponsors:
Director(s): Ear McGill, Brewster Morgan, Phillip Cohen [Directors]
Principal Contributors: Lewis S. Posner,
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Gilbert Seldes [Writer]
Rachel Davis DuBois, Phillip Leonard Green [Researchers]
Music Direction: Leon Goldman [Music Director
Rudolph Schramm [Composer]
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): John Laing, Gene Leonard, Niles Welch [Narrators]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
26
Episodes in Circulation: 22
Total Episodes in Collection: 10
Provenances:
Contributor Jerry Haendiges.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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Americans All--Immigrants All Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
38-11-06
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38-10-28 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
WABC has announced both a change in title and time on the air for that "Americans All" dramatic series even before it goes on the air. It will be called "Americans All--Immigrants All," and be presented on Sunday afternoons at 2 instead of Monday night, starting Nov. 13.

38-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
1:00--Education Roundtable--WBBM

38-11-13
1
Title Unknown
N
38-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): new series, telling story of immigrants' contribution to America.

38-11-13 Escanaba Daily Press
A new dramatic series designed to tell the story of the contributions of immigrants to the America of Today starts on WABC-CBS at 1 under auspices of the U.S. department of education. It bears the listing, "Americans All--Immigrants All."

38-11-13 Nebraska State Journal
Contributions of Immigrants To U.S. Told On CBS Show
. . . The new show is titled "Americans All--Immigrants All," designed to tell the full story of the contribution of immigrants from all over the world to the America of today. It will be broadcast over KFAB and CBS at 1 p.m. Sundays. The series is being presented by the network in co-operation with the department of interior, and the dramatizations will be written by Gilbert Seldes. The program will attempt to promote tolerance for all national and racial groups in this country.

38-11-20
2
Our English Heritage
Y
38-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): "Our English Heritage."

Announces
Our Hispanic Heritage as next
38-11-27
3
Our Hispanic Heritage
The Scotch-Irish
N
38-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): the Scotch-Irish.

38-12-04
4
The Scotch-Irish
The Winning Of Freedom
N
38-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): "The Winning of Freedom", the fight for racial tolerance during the Revolutionary war.

38-12-11
5
Winning Freedom
Title Unknown
N
38-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): contributioins of the colored people.

38-12-18
6
The Negro In The United States
Y
38-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): "The Negro in America.

38-12-25
7
The French and Netherlanders
Y
38-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): contributions of French speaking people to the United States.

39-01-01
8
Upsurge of Democracy
N
39-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): upsurge of Jacksonian democracy.

39-01-08
9
The Irish People
Y
39-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBN): the story of the Irish in America.

39-01-15
10
The German People
N
39-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): contributions of the German people.

39-01-22
11
Scandanavians In the United States
N
39-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--WBBM

39-01-29
12
Closing Frontiers
N
39-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): "Closing Frontiers", the country after 1890.

39-02-05
13
Jews In America
Y
39-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): Jews in America and their contributions.

39-02-12
14
Slavs In the United States Part 1
N
39-02-11 Lincoln Evening Journa
SUNDAY ON KFAB
1:00 p.m.--Americans All-Immigrants All, dramatizing story of Russian and Polish immigrants to United States.

39-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
4 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WBBM): The history of the Russians and Poles in the United States.

39-02-19
15
Slavs In the United States Part 2
N
39-02-16 Long Beach Independen
Americans All--Immigrants All. The story of the Poles, Czechs and Sloviks in the United States. KNX (CBS) 11 a.m. Sunday.

39-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WIND): the contributions of the Poles, Czechs, and Slovaks to the United States.

39-02-26
16
Oriental Immigration
N
39-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All (WIND): oriental immigration.

39-03-05
17
Italians In the United States
N
39-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WIND): the Italian contribution to the United States with a short address by Mayor F.H. LaGuardia of New York.

39-03-12
18
Near East Peoples In the United States
N
39-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WIND): the story of the people of the near East. 39-03-12 Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 2:00--Americans All--Imigrants All: "Near East Peoples in the the United States," WABC.

39-03-19
19
Immigrants From Smaller Countries
Y
39-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Americans All (WIND): immigrants from Hungary, Rumania, Portugal, Lithuanis. 39-03-19 Brooklyn Daiy Eagle - 2:00--Americans All--Immigrants All: Peoples of Hungary, Rumania, Portugal and Lithuania in the United States, WABC.

39-03-26
20
Contributions In Industry
N
39-04-20 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Government Program Cops Prize "Americans All--Immigrants All," presented by the United States Department of Interior, Office of Education, and the Columbia Broadcasting System was selected yesterday for the annual award of the Women's National Radio Committee at the Hotel St. Regis. The committee described it as "the most original and informative program introduced on the airwaves between April 1, 1938, and March 31, 1939." The award consists of a gold microphone and this is the first time a Government program has been among the winners. Last year's winner was America's Town Meeting of the Air, N.B.C. feature. 39-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal - 1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WIND): contributions of all foreigners.

39-04-02
21
Contribution In Science
N
39-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal - 1 p.m.--Americans All--Immigrants All (WIND): "Contribution in Science," the story of immigrant scientists.

39-04-09
22
Contributions In Arts and Crafts
N
39-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal - 1:00--Americans All--WIND

39-04-16
23
Contributions In Social Progress
Y
39-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal - 1:00--Americans All--WIND

39-04-23
24
A New England Town
Y
39-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal - 1:00--Americans All--WIND

39-04-30
25
An Industrial City
Y
39-04-26 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Tribute to St. Paul "Americans All--Immigrants All," C.B.S. feature which copped the annual award of the Women's National Radio Committee last week as "the most original and informative program introduced on the airwaves in the past year" will pay tribute to St. Paul on Sunday at 2 p.m. It will be the 25th in the series which is produced jointly by the United States Office of Education and C.B.S. every Sunday. Gilbert Seldes is script writer for the dramatizations, designed to show contributions made by immigrants to American culture and growth.

39-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal - 1:00--N.Y. Philharmonic--WIND; 12:00--World Fair Opening--WGN WIND WMAQ

39-05-07
26
Grand Finale
Y
39-05-07 Wisconsin State Journa
12:00--Americans All--WIND

39-05-07 New Orleans Times-Picayune
Immigrants--Noted Americans of immigrant background will speak on the final program of "Americans All--Immigrants All" at 11:30 p.m. over CBS-WWL.

39-05-14
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39-05-12 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
'Democracy in Action' CBS and the U.S. New York World's Fair Commission with the aid of the Office of Education, Department of interior will offer a new dramatic series interpreting and supplementing Federal exhibits at the World's Fair every Sunday beginning this Sunday at 2 p.m. The series will be tagged "Democracy in Action," and will be produced by the bright Willilam N. Robson, CBS director, with Sterling Fisher, CBS director of education and radio talks assisting. "Democracy in Action" will be written by Merrill Dennison, well-known radio writer. The new series succeeds "Americans All--Immigrants All," named recently by the Women's National Radio Committee as "the most original and informative radio program of the period between April 1, 1938 and March 31, 1939.

39-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal - 12:00--Democracy In Action










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