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It might be worth trying the National Archives for Radio Peking. A preliminary search shows that the NA has collections of "enemy broadcasts." There seem to be two main chunks that preclude 1951...(the WWII period, and then from 1956-1965. But maybe there's more.


On Mar 15, 2010, at 5:57 PM, Samara Freemark wrote:

> Hello,
> 
> My name is Samara Freemark. I'm a producer at Radio Diaries - we produce
> historical documentaries for NPR's All Things Considered.
> 
> We're currently working on a story about a 1940s-era case in Mississippi. In
> 1945, a black man named Willie McGee was arrested and accused of raping a
> white woman. Over the next six years, his case became a cause celebre:
> Einstein, Faulkner, Josephine Baker and others spoke out in support of
> McGee; there were protests in cities across the US and in Paris, China,
> Russia, and other countries. He was defended by the Civil Rights Congress
> (CRC), who hired Bella Abzug to argue the case. Eventually, McGee was
> executed in Mississippi's portable electric chair at midnight on the morning
> of May 8th, 1951.
> 
> We're looking for any audio archival materials that mention the McGee case.
> Any archival materials on the portable electric chair (I think it was
> inaugurated in the early '40s). Any materials from the protests surrounding
> his case - in the US, or abroad (apparently Radio Peking mentioned McGee at
> some point). Anything from that era that mentions Bella Abzug or the CRC.
> Any general archival material on race relations in the American South in the
> 1940s and early 50s (the dates are before the real start of the civil rights
> movement, so archive has proven a bit difficult to track down.) Apparently
> there was a nationwide NBC radio broadcast that mentioned McGee on the night
> of execution (May 7th); we're looking for that too.
> 
> Any help or advice you can offer would be so very appreciated. You can reach
> me at [log in to unmask]
> 
> Thanks so much for your help,
> 
> Samara
> 
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> Samara Freemark
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