Our Early Land Booms

Tuesday, January 06, 1953

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Re-enactment of the story of opening up and developing land for settlement: Colonel Timothy Pickering petitioned Congress to open Ohio and Great Lakes regions for settlement by soldiers and officers after the Revolution, and Robert R. Livingston proposed that all Western lands to which New York had claim be placed at the disposal of the Federal Government.

Supplemental message by Latham C. Squire, of the Citizens' Zoning Committee, about the growth of Manhattan island settlements and changing laws to accommodate this growth.

Lloyd Moss - the Narrator
Alfred Israel - George
Phil Dixon - Andrew
Henry Lewis - General Wayne
Marvin Laskowitz and Frank Dayuto - Sound and Music
Helen Milstead - Production Assistant
Kenneth H. Dunshee - Writer
L. Porter Moore - Series Consultant

Presented under the auspices of the Greater New York Civic Center Committee of the Downtown Manhattan Association, the Department of Commerce of the City of New York, and the New York Journal American, and is produced by the Municipal Broadcasting System. Heard three times weekly on the New York City Board of Education Station WNYE-FM. Rebroadcast in the City's classrooms.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68903
Municipal archives id: LT265


Phil Dixon, Kenneth Holcomb Dunshee, Alfred Israel, Henry Lewis and Lloyd Moss


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