We Stand United: And Other Radio Scripts

We Stand United: And Other Radio Scripts

We Stand United: And Other Radio Scripts

We Stand United: And Other Radio Scripts

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The test of crisis may come to a nation or to a man, and each must meet it and be revealed. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. To Stephen Vincent Benét the test came in the shape of war. He was not found wanting, either to himself as a writer or to his country. Nor did he, as did some of his contemporaries, engage in a Hamlet- like struggle with his soul. He saw the fascist idea in all its evil and murderous stature. He knew it had to be fought. His weapon was the word, and Stephen Vincent Benét rolled up his sleeves and began turning out weapons.

Here, in this book of radio plays, are some of them. They are modern, built to specification, made for the need and cause of our time. Propaganda? That word used to be the big bogeyman of the thirties. It was trotted out as exhibit A. We were told to shun it or be damned everlastingly . . .

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