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 WWII Pearl Harbor Radio News and Man on the Street Interviews

World War II
Pearl Harbor
Radio News and Man on the Street Interviews Audio

Twenty-two minutes of Pearl Harbor attack news and Five hours on "Man on the Street" interviews.


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Pearl Harbor Attack Radio News Broadcasts

Twenty-two minutes of Pearl Harbor attack news. Twelve radio bulletins broadcasted in United States, eleven of which were broadcasted on December 7, 1941. Includes an October 24, 1941 news brief, inwhich NBC reporter Ted Steele on NBC's Blue Network, reports on the deteriorating relationship with Japan. Navy Secretary Knox is reported as saying that a collision with Japan was inevitable.

Day After Pearl Harbor Attack "Man on the Street" Interviews

Five hours of "Man on the Street" interviews, audio recordings and transcripts, conducted the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. In early December 1941, eighteen fieldworkers in fourteen states and the District of Columbia were collecting recordings of American folk music for the Library of Congress's Archive of American Folk Songs. The project was overseen by Alan Lomax, who at the time was "assistant in charge" of the Archive of American Folk Song. On December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Lomax sent a telegram to the fieldworkers asking them to collect "man-on -the-street" reactions of ordinary Americans to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war by the United States.

The series of recordings include:

Recording in Washington, D.C., by Philip H. Cohen and Alan Lomax.

Recordings at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, by Robert E. Barton Allen.

Recordings at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, by Charles S. Johnson and Lewis Jones.

Recordings in New York City by Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin.

Recordings in Burlington, North Carolina, by Fletcher Collins.

Recordings in Madison, Wisconsin, by Leland Coon.

Recordings in Austin, Texas, by John Henry Faulk.

Recordings in Dallas, Texas, by John A. Lomax.

Recordings in Denver, Colorado, by Duncan Emrich.

Recordings in Buffalo, New York, by Charles T. Harrell.


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