Sidney Hillman Foundation Awards

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Recording of awards presentation for outstanding newspaper and magazine reporting in the year 1951. Includes rousing anti-McCarthy speech.

William T. Evjue, of the Capital Times, and Jacob S. Potofsky, of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, speak.

Potofsky explains the Hillman Foundation, encourages the role of Unions in combating the dangers to civil liberties.

One of the three judges, William L. Shirer, author of "Midcentury Journey," speaks about the selection process.

Awards went to: Alan Barth, for his book "Loyalty of Free Men"; Carl T. Rowan, for articles on race relations in the South (in the recording, "freedom of the Negro in America"); Arthur D. Morse, for his magazine article, "Who's Trying to Ruin Our Schools?"

Morse speaks about McCall's dedication to public education, public education, threat of communism and subversive textbooks: "I think we're safe from our teachers. I hope they're safe from us."

Rowan speaks about tolerance, both racial and religious. "We must erase racial segregation from American life."

Barth: proud to provide this stimulus to future performance.

Evjue speaks on his battle with McCarthyism. "Communism has become the perfect scare word with which the entrenched order can club the American people in to submission and conformity."


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 68521
Municipal archives id: LT40