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Edited by redlegtiger. All mistakes are mine and not his.
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An Unsettled Calm
It was a time of change, a time of uncertainty. Radio was the mass communication of the day with no dedicated 'News' channel. The American people received their radio news in an average of just over ten announcements a day, they would just cut in over whatever program was on at that time. Americans sat rapt by their radios listening to popular music, serial programs and for news of the day.
There was a lot to listen to; people left their radios on most of the day. It was true that Jessie Owens had won four gold medals during the 1936 Olympic Games in Fascist Berlin, but there was some unsettling news in the wind. The Italian army had just conquered and occupied Ethiopia, a bloody civil war was tearing apart Spain, the Japanese had invaded China and Hitler's Nazi Germany was annexing countries right and left.
The United States was still not totally out of the terrible depression years, but the rich and famous were living life to the nines. They frequented places like the Stork Club, 21, and El Morocco. Harlem was where it was happenin' places like the Onyx Club, the Savoy Ballroom and the Cotton Club, to name a few.