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Pennsylvania, Keystone of Democracy

The Pennsylvania Historical Commission, with the cooperation of the State Council of Defense, began broadcasting a series of dramatizations of important events from Pennsylvania history in the 1940s.

24 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 5 hours, 47 min)
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In the world of architecture, the arch is one of the strongest features. Once they are in place the stones in an arch can bear the load of the entire structure above it, but the structure itself is rather tricky to get into place. Until the arch is formed the stones involved are subject to sudden and catastrophic collapse, but once the keystone is in place the structure can handle massive forces.

Pennsylvania State SealThe most centrally located of the original Thirteen Colonies, Pennsylvania has always been considered the Keystone State. Just like the stones in an arch, the other states in the early American democracy drew power and greatness from the strong state in the center. With its steel mills, petroleum, and manufacturing, Pennsylvania is part of the industrial heart of America, but the state also has a strong agricultural core. It maintains the traditional values of the "Pennsylvania Dutch", Amish, and Mennonite cultures while embracing the diversity fostered by founder William Penn's strong stance on Freedom of Religion.

The birth and defense of the American Democracy have always been a part of Pennsylvania's fiber. The Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to draft the Declaration of Independence. The winter that General George Washington spent with the Continental Army at Valley Forge was one of the most critical periods of the Revolutionary War. Recruiting for the United States Marine Corps began at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia as early as 1775.

Soon after America entered the Second World War, the Pennsylvania Historical Commission, with the cooperation of the State Council of Defense, began broadcasting a series of dramatizations of important events from Pennsylvania history. Headlined Pennsylvania – Keystone of Democracy, the series of twenty-six broadcasts were prerecorded in the manner of a commercially syndicated broadcast. They were broadcast weekly over several different Pennsylvania stations, generally on weeknights, with the notable exceptions of Philadelphia stations WIP, WIL, and WHAT, which played the shows on weekends.

The producers felt that the broadcasts were "the opening gun in a drive to arouse Pennsylvanians to a sense of the important part which their State has taken in making the American democratic way of life a reality". Emphasis was "placed upon the fact that Pennsylvania has been and still is the 'keystone of democracy.'"

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    24 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 47 min
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      24 shows - total playtime 5 hours 47 minutes
      1. Penn Keystone Democracy 01 420000 Washington At Valley Forge.mp3
      2. Penn Keystone Democracy 02 420000 William Penn.mp3
      3. Penn Keystone Democracy 03 420000 Dont Give Up Ship!.mp3
      4. Penn Keystone Democracy 04 420000 Liberty Bell.mp3
      5. Penn Keystone Democracy 05 420000 Benjamin Franklin.mp3
      6. Penn Keystone Democracy 06 420000 Educating For Democracy.mp3
      7. Penn Keystone Democracy 07 420000 Oil In Pennsylvania.mp3
      8. Penn Keystone Democracy 08 420000 Women For Democracy.mp3
      9. Penn Keystone Democracy 09 420000 Young Washington.mp3
      10. Penn Keystone Democracy 10 420000 Rifles In Wilderness.mp3
      11. Penn Keystone Democracy 11 420000 Fight For Freedom.mp3
      12. Penn Keystone Democracy 12 420000 Lincoln At Gettysburg.mp3
      13. Penn Keystone Democracy 13 420000 Sullivan Expedition.mp3
      14. Penn Keystone Democracy 14 420000 Captain John Barry Usn.mp3
      15. Penn Keystone Democracy 15 420000 Stephen Collins Foster.mp3
      16. Penn Keystone Democracy 16 420000 Harmony Society.mp3
      17. Penn Keystone Democracy 17 420000 Black Diamonds.mp3
      18. Penn Keystone Democracy 18 420000 Andrew Gregg Curtin WarGov.mp3
      19. Penn Keystone Democracy 19 420000 Daniel Boone.mp3
      20. Penn Keystone Democracy 20 420000 Wagons West.mp3
      21. Penn Keystone Democracy 21 420000 Dr. Elizabeth Reifenyder.mp3
      22. Penn Keystone Democracy 22 420000 Founding Steel Industry.mp3
      23. Penn Keystone Democracy 23 420000 Labor For Democracy.mp3
      24. Penn Keystone Democracy 24 420000 Birth Of Marines.mp3
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    24 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 47 min
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      24 shows - total playtime 5 hours 47 minutes
      1. Penn Keystone Democracy 01 420000 Washington At Valley Forge.mp3
      2. Penn Keystone Democracy 02 420000 William Penn.mp3
      3. Penn Keystone Democracy 03 420000 Dont Give Up Ship!.mp3
      4. Penn Keystone Democracy 04 420000 Liberty Bell.mp3
      5. Penn Keystone Democracy 05 420000 Benjamin Franklin.mp3
      6. Penn Keystone Democracy 06 420000 Educating For Democracy.mp3
      7. Penn Keystone Democracy 07 420000 Oil In Pennsylvania.mp3
      8. Penn Keystone Democracy 08 420000 Women For Democracy.mp3
      9. Penn Keystone Democracy 09 420000 Young Washington.mp3
      10. Penn Keystone Democracy 10 420000 Rifles In Wilderness.mp3
      11. Penn Keystone Democracy 11 420000 Fight For Freedom.mp3
      12. Penn Keystone Democracy 12 420000 Lincoln At Gettysburg.mp3
      13. Penn Keystone Democracy 13 420000 Sullivan Expedition.mp3
      14. Penn Keystone Democracy 14 420000 Captain John Barry Usn.mp3
      15. Penn Keystone Democracy 15 420000 Stephen Collins Foster.mp3
      16. Penn Keystone Democracy 16 420000 Harmony Society.mp3
      17. Penn Keystone Democracy 17 420000 Black Diamonds.mp3
      18. Penn Keystone Democracy 18 420000 Andrew Gregg Curtin WarGov.mp3
      19. Penn Keystone Democracy 19 420000 Daniel Boone.mp3
      20. Penn Keystone Democracy 20 420000 Wagons West.mp3
      21. Penn Keystone Democracy 21 420000 Dr. Elizabeth Reifenyder.mp3
      22. Penn Keystone Democracy 22 420000 Founding Steel Industry.mp3
      23. Penn Keystone Democracy 23 420000 Labor For Democracy.mp3
      24. Penn Keystone Democracy 24 420000 Birth Of Marines.mp3
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    24 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 47 min

    Pennsylvania Keystone of Democracy Disc A001

    1. Penn Keystone Democracy 01 420000 Washington At Valley Forge
    2. Penn Keystone Democracy 02 420000 William Penn
    3. Penn Keystone Democracy 03 420000 Dont Give Up Ship!
    4. Penn Keystone Democracy 04 420000 Liberty Bell

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    Pennsylvania Keystone of Democracy Disc A002

    1. Penn Keystone Democracy 05 420000 Benjamin Franklin
    2. Penn Keystone Democracy 06 420000 Educating For Democracy
    3. Penn Keystone Democracy 07 420000 Oil In Pennsylvania
    4. Penn Keystone Democracy 08 420000 Women For Democracy

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    Pennsylvania Keystone of Democracy Disc A003

    1. Penn Keystone Democracy 09 420000 Young Washington
    2. Penn Keystone Democracy 10 420000 Rifles In Wilderness
    3. Penn Keystone Democracy 11 420000 Fight For Freedom
    4. Penn Keystone Democracy 12 420000 Lincoln At Gettysburg

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    Pennsylvania Keystone of Democracy Disc A004

    1. Penn Keystone Democracy 13 420000 Sullivan Expedition
    2. Penn Keystone Democracy 14 420000 Captain John Barry Usn
    3. Penn Keystone Democracy 15 420000 Stephen Collins Foster
    4. Penn Keystone Democracy 16 420000 Harmony Society

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    Pennsylvania Keystone of Democracy Disc A005

    1. Penn Keystone Democracy 17 420000 Black Diamonds
    2. Penn Keystone Democracy 18 420000 Andrew Gregg Curtin WarGov
    3. Penn Keystone Democracy 19 420000 Daniel Boone
    4. Penn Keystone Democracy 20 420000 Wagons West

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    Pennsylvania Keystone of Democracy Disc A006

    1. Penn Keystone Democracy 21 420000 Dr. Elizabeth Reifenyder
    2. Penn Keystone Democracy 22 420000 Founding Steel Industry
    3. Penn Keystone Democracy 23 420000 Labor For Democracy
    4. Penn Keystone Democracy 24 420000 Birth Of Marines

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