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Words at War: World War II Era Radio Drama and the Postwar Broadcasting Industry Blacklist Series: Studies and Documentation in the History of Popular Entertainment #5 Howard Blue Howard Blue describes how seventeen radio dramatists and their actors fought a war of words against fascism abroad and injustice at home. Beginning in the late 1930s, the commercial networks, private agencies, and the government cooperated with radio dramatists to produce plays to alert Americans to the Nazi threat. They also used radio to stimulate morale. They showed how Americans could support the fight against fascism even if it meant just having a "victory garden." Simultaneously as they worked on the war effort, many radio writers and actors advanced a progressive agenda to fight the enemy within: racism, poverty, and other social ills. When the war ended, many of these people paid for their idealism by suffering blacklisting. Veterans' groups, the FBI, right-wing politicians, and other reactionaries mounted an assault on them to drive them out of their professions. This book discusses that partly successful effort and the response of the radio personalities involved. $34.95 Cloth 0-8108-4413-3 December 2002 440pp To read the Introduction online, click here: http://www.scarecrowpress.com/Chapters/Index.shtml?SKU=0810844133&Site=sc arecrowpress&Title=Words%20at%20War Thank you. -- Matt Smiley Marketing Assistant Scarecrow Press 4720 Boston Way Lanham, MD 20706 301.459.3366 ext.5608 http://www.scarecrowpress.com http://www.scarecroweducation.com