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"The racket that debases motherhood and sets it up as a front for bigoted and undemocratic activities."
Dramatization of discrimination during wartime.
After receiving word that her son had died in combat, Mrs. Morriss receives a message from an anti-Jewish group, the White Cross Mothers. Her daughter's boyfriend suggests she join the group as a spy. At the meeting, a mother is heard making the argument that she and the other mothers could work together to spread anti-union literature. Mrs. Morriss responds by telling the group they should discuss the issues calmly, that they could reach a compromise -- the American way. The crowd does not respond well.
Back at home, Mrs. Morriss's daughter receives a phone call from the police station: Mrs. Morriss was discovered wandering the streets, badly beaten, and was taken to the hospital. After hearing their story, the police investigators begin investigating the White Cross Mothers' trashcans, looking for information on the club's monetary backing. Instead, they discover information about the group's next plan: a violent protest against striking workers. The police arrest the leader of the group and discover from her further information of the financial backers.
Fourth in the series dedicated to the fight against the elements of HATE, INC. Presented in cooperation with the Philadelphia Fellowship Commission.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 69018
Municipal archives id: LT334