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A New World A-Coming

the brainchild of Roi Ottley -- aired political and racial concerns through true-life accounts of people's experiences, such as black U.S. soldiers on leave denied at restaurants and movie theaters, discrimination in the workplace, unequal pay & opportunities, and other civil rights issues. Ottley's book, by the same name, won the Peabody Award and the Life in America Award in 1943.

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"Negro Facism and Democracy"



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Roi Ottley

"Discrimination doesn't end in the South."

There's a New World A-Coming! Produced by the WMCA and the citywide Citizen's Committee of Harlem, New World a Coming features accounts of African-American social life in 1940s Harlem and serving in the military during WWII.

New World A Coming BookThe show aired political and racial concerns through true-life accounts of people's experiences, such as black U.S. soldiers on leave denied at restaurants and movie theaters, problems of discrimination in the workplace and banks, unequal pay and opportunities, and other civil rights issues.

New World A-Coming was the brainchild of Roi Ottley. His 1943 book entitled New World A-Coming won the Peabody Award and the Life in America Award. In 1944, Ottley traveled to Europe became one of the first African-American war correspondents for major newspapers.

War BondsThe producers urged people to buy war bonds and support the war against Nazi tyranny. Promoting war bonds represented buying a stake in our democracy. The announcer (usually Canada Lee) goes on to explain:

"Everyone has a stake in this fight. Now, I'm a negro and I can't help feeling that the negro in America can't be safe while millions of white men abroad are enslaved by Nazis. People, all kinds of people, need hope as never before"

New World A-Coming is an exceptional show voicing the concerns of 1940s Harlem and highlighting the problems, successes, hopes, and contributions of African-American life including an appearance by Marian Anderson.

For more interesting reading, See also: article on the history of Minstrel Shows and Old Time Radio. For additional radio shows covering African-American civil rights, see also: Destination Freedom. See also Jubilee which was created to entertain the black soldiers in WWII.

For more WWII-era bond-sales related shows, see also: Any Bonds Today?, Four for the Fifth, Guest Star Radio, Keep Em Rollin, Music for Millions, New World A-Coming, Over Here, These are Our Men, Treasury Salute, and Treasury Star Parade.

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    48 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 18 hours, 44 min
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      48 shows - total playtime 18 hours 44 minutes
      1. NWaC 440305 (01) Premier Program.mp3
      2. NWaC 440312 (02) The Negro Fascism and Democracy.mp3
      3. NWaC 440319 (03) The Negro in Early America.mp3
      4. NWaC 440326 (04) The Negro in Entertainment.mp3
      5. NWaC 440402 (05) Ghettoes.mp3
      6. NWaC 440409 (06) The Negro and Health.mp3
      7. NWaC 440416 (07) The Story of Negro Humor.mp3
      8. NWaC 440423 (08) Story Behind the Headlines.mp3
      9. NWaC 440430 (09) Negro Church in NYC.mp3
      10. NWaC 440507 (10) Arrangement in Black and White.mp3
      11. NWaC 440514 (11) The Colored Orphan Asylum.mp3
      12. NWaC 440521 (12) The Story of James Pearson.mp3
      13. NWaC 440528 (13) The Story of Ted Morgan.mp3
      14. NWaC 440604 (14) Life in the Ghetto.mp3
      15. NWaC 440611 (15) A Statement on DDay.mp3
      16. NWaC 440618 (16) The Mammy Legend.mp3
      17. NWaC 440625 (17) The Story of Negro Music.mp3
      18. NWaC 441022 (18) The Vermont Experiment (No Opening).mp3
      19. NWaC 441029 (19) Music at War.mp3
      20. NWaC 441105 (20) Executive Order 8802.mp3
      21. NWaC 441112 (21) The Barbara Latham Story.mp3
      22. NWaC 441119 (22) A Tribute to W C Handy.mp3
      23. NWaC 441126 (23) Parachutes for Democracy.mp3
      24. NWaC 441203 (24) Heroes of the Sky (Partial Show).mp3
      25. NWaC 441210 (25) The American Negro Theater.mp3
      26. NWaC 441217 (26) We Deliver the Goods.mp3
      27. NWaC 441224 (27) Christmas Program.mp3
      28. NWaC 441231 (28) I Teach Negro Girls.mp3
      29. NWaC 450107 (29) Hot Spots USA.mp3
      30. NWaC 450114 (30) Freedom Road (Part 1).mp3
      31. NWaC 450121 (31) Freedom Road (Part 2).mp3
      32. NWaC 450128 (32) Roll Call (Partial Show).mp3
      33. NWaC 450204 (33) There Are Things to Do (Partial Show).mp3
      34. NWaC 450211 (34) They Knew Later.mp3
      35. NWaC 450218 (35) The Story of Blood Plasma.mp3
      36. NWaC 450225 (36) Furlough Home.mp3
      37. NWaC 450304 (37) Negroes in Housing.mp3
      38. NWaC 450311 (38) Negroes and Health.mp3
      39. NWaC 450318 (39) Negroes in Labor.mp3
      40. NWaC 450325 (40) The Negro Reporter.mp3
      41. NWaC 450401 (41) The Negro in Early American History.mp3
      42. NWaC 450408 (42) White Folks Do Some Funny Things.mp3
      43. NWaC 450415 (43) Memorial to Franklin D Roosevelt.mp3
      44. NWaC 450422 (44) The Story of Negro Nurses.mp3
      45. NWaC 450429 (45) Report From the Western Front.mp3
      46. NWaC 450506 (46) Blood Flows Red (Mid 10 min Missing).mp3
      47. NWaC 450520 (48) The Meaning of VE Day to Negroes.mp3
      48. NWaC 450527 (49) The Wind at My Back.mp3
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    48 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 18 hours, 44 min
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      48 shows - total playtime 18 hours 44 minutes
      1. NWaC 440305 (01) Premier Program.mp3
      2. NWaC 440312 (02) The Negro Fascism and Democracy.mp3
      3. NWaC 440319 (03) The Negro in Early America.mp3
      4. NWaC 440326 (04) The Negro in Entertainment.mp3
      5. NWaC 440402 (05) Ghettoes.mp3
      6. NWaC 440409 (06) The Negro and Health.mp3
      7. NWaC 440416 (07) The Story of Negro Humor.mp3
      8. NWaC 440423 (08) Story Behind the Headlines.mp3
      9. NWaC 440430 (09) Negro Church in NYC.mp3
      10. NWaC 440507 (10) Arrangement in Black and White.mp3
      11. NWaC 440514 (11) The Colored Orphan Asylum.mp3
      12. NWaC 440521 (12) The Story of James Pearson.mp3
      13. NWaC 440528 (13) The Story of Ted Morgan.mp3
      14. NWaC 440604 (14) Life in the Ghetto.mp3
      15. NWaC 440611 (15) A Statement on DDay.mp3
      16. NWaC 440618 (16) The Mammy Legend.mp3
      17. NWaC 440625 (17) The Story of Negro Music.mp3
      18. NWaC 441022 (18) The Vermont Experiment (No Opening).mp3
      19. NWaC 441029 (19) Music at War.mp3
      20. NWaC 441105 (20) Executive Order 8802.mp3
      21. NWaC 441112 (21) The Barbara Latham Story.mp3
      22. NWaC 441119 (22) A Tribute to W C Handy.mp3
      23. NWaC 441126 (23) Parachutes for Democracy.mp3
      24. NWaC 441203 (24) Heroes of the Sky (Partial Show).mp3
      25. NWaC 441210 (25) The American Negro Theater.mp3
      26. NWaC 441217 (26) We Deliver the Goods.mp3
      27. NWaC 441224 (27) Christmas Program.mp3
      28. NWaC 441231 (28) I Teach Negro Girls.mp3
      29. NWaC 450107 (29) Hot Spots USA.mp3
      30. NWaC 450114 (30) Freedom Road (Part 1).mp3
      31. NWaC 450121 (31) Freedom Road (Part 2).mp3
      32. NWaC 450128 (32) Roll Call (Partial Show).mp3
      33. NWaC 450204 (33) There Are Things to Do (Partial Show).mp3
      34. NWaC 450211 (34) They Knew Later.mp3
      35. NWaC 450218 (35) The Story of Blood Plasma.mp3
      36. NWaC 450225 (36) Furlough Home.mp3
      37. NWaC 450304 (37) Negroes in Housing.mp3
      38. NWaC 450311 (38) Negroes and Health.mp3
      39. NWaC 450318 (39) Negroes in Labor.mp3
      40. NWaC 450325 (40) The Negro Reporter.mp3
      41. NWaC 450401 (41) The Negro in Early American History.mp3
      42. NWaC 450408 (42) White Folks Do Some Funny Things.mp3
      43. NWaC 450415 (43) Memorial to Franklin D Roosevelt.mp3
      44. NWaC 450422 (44) The Story of Negro Nurses.mp3
      45. NWaC 450429 (45) Report From the Western Front.mp3
      46. NWaC 450506 (46) Blood Flows Red (Mid 10 min Missing).mp3
      47. NWaC 450520 (48) The Meaning of VE Day to Negroes.mp3
      48. NWaC 450527 (49) The Wind at My Back.mp3
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    48 recordings on 21 Audio CDs
    total playtime 18 hours, 44 min

    Disc A001

    1. NWaC 440305 (01) Premier Program
    2. NWaC 440312 (02) The Negro Fascism and Democracy
    3. NWaC 440319 (03) The Negro in Early America

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    Disc A002

    1. NWaC 440326 (04) The Negro in Entertainment
    2. NWaC 440402 (05) Ghettoes

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    Disc A003

    1. NWaC 440409 (06) The Negro and Health
    2. NWaC 440416 (07) The Story of Negro Humor

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    Disc A004

    1. NWaC 440423 (08) Story Behind the Headlines
    2. NWaC 440430 (09) Negro Church in NYC

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    Disc A005

    1. NWaC 440507 (10) Arrangement in Black and White
    2. NWaC 440514 (11) The Colored Orphan Asylum

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    Disc A006

    1. NWaC 440521 (12) The Story of James Pearson
    2. NWaC 440528 (13) The Story of Ted Morgan

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    Disc A007

    1. NWaC 440604 (14) Life in the Ghetto
    2. NWaC 440611 (15) A Statement on DDay

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    Disc A008

    1. NWaC 440618 (16) The Mammy Legend
    2. NWaC 440625 (17) The Story of Negro Music
    3. NWaC 441022 (18) The Vermont Experiment (No Opening)

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    Disc A009

    1. NWaC 441029 (19) Music at War
    2. NWaC 441105 (20) Executive Order 8802

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    Disc A010

    1. NWaC 441112 (21) The Barbara Latham Story
    2. NWaC 441119 (22) A Tribute to W C Handy

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    Disc A011

    1. NWaC 441126 (23) Parachutes for Democracy
    2. NWaC 441203 (24) Heroes of the Sky (Partial Show)
    3. NWaC 441210 (25) The American Negro Theater

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    Disc A012

    1. NWaC 441217 (26) We Deliver the Goods
    2. NWaC 441224 (27) Christmas Program

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    Disc A013

    1. NWaC 441231 (28) I Teach Negro Girls
    2. NWaC 450107 (29) Hot Spots USA

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    Disc A014

    1. NWaC 450114 (30) Freedom Road (Part 1)
    2. NWaC 450121 (31) Freedom Road (Part 2)
    3. NWaC 450128 (32) Roll Call (Partial Show)

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    Disc A015

    1. NWaC 450204 (33) There Are Things to Do (Partial Show)
    2. NWaC 450211 (34) They Knew Later
    3. NWaC 450218 (35) The Story of Blood Plasma

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    Disc A016

    1. NWaC 450225 (36) Furlough Home
    2. NWaC 450304 (37) Negroes in Housing

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    Disc A017

    1. NWaC 450311 (38) Negroes and Health
    2. NWaC 450318 (39) Negroes in Labor

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    Disc A018

    1. NWaC 450325 (40) The Negro Reporter
    2. NWaC 450401 (41) The Negro in Early American History

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    Disc A019

    1. NWaC 450408 (42) White Folks Do Some Funny Things
    2. NWaC 450415 (43) Memorial to Franklin D Roosevelt

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    Disc A020

    1. NWaC 450422 (44) The Story of Negro Nurses
    2. NWaC 450429 (45) Report From the Western Front
    3. NWaC 450506 (46) Blood Flows Red (Mid 10 min Missing)

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    Disc A021

    1. NWaC 450520 (48) The Meaning of VE Day to Negroes
    2. NWaC 450527 (49) The Wind at My Back

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