Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America – Society, vol. 2

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These historical dramatizations of humanitarian progress are true American hero tales featuring vintage music, intriguing interviews, and even Broadway & Hollywood adaptations. Be sure to check out Society, vol. 1 for even more exciting historical re-imaginings!


Compass Classroom is delighted to present Society, vol. 2 as part of The Cavalcade of America series for use with Dave Raymond’s American History course or as a standalone resource for your homeschool.

These historical dramatizations of humanitarian progress are true American hero tales featuring vintage music, intriguing interviews, and even Broadway & Hollywood adaptations. Be sure to check out Society, vol. 1 for even more exciting historical re-imaginings!

The Cavalcade of America was produced by the DuPont Company to burnish its motto of “Maker of better things for better living through chemistry.” The programs originally aired on CBS radio from 1935-1953, and on television from 1952-1957.

Included in this download:

  • 49 30-minute MP3 files tagged for use in iTunes or similar music database

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52 Dramatizations



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Episode List

  1. The Girl Who Ran For President, Originally broadcast 09/22/1947. The story of Belva Lockwood, who fought for equal rights for women, and even ran for president against Grover Cleveland!
  2. Big Boy, Originally broadcast 09/29/1947. The biography of Babe Ruth, “The Sultan Of Swat.”
  3. Of Such Is The Kingdom, Originally broadcast 10/06/1947. The story of how Jim West fought for the creation of a system of juvenile courts and foster homes.
  4. The Forge, Originally broadcast 10/13/1947. The story of Elphalet Remington; how he made his first gun and went into the firearms business.
  5. The Flame, Originally broadcast 11/03/1947. The story of Carrie Chapman Scott, the famous suffragette who carried on for the cause in the tradition of Susan B. Anthony.
  6. Hurry Up Yost, Originally broadcast 11/17/1947. The story of the famous coach of the University of Michigan, told as only Bill Stern could!
  7. Good Morning Miss Tyckman, Originally broadcast 02/02/1948. A well-done story about an aging elementary school teacher who has been passed over for the job of principal.
  8. Woman Of Steel, Originally broadcast 04/05/1948. The story of how Rebecca Luken became the first woman to run an iron mill; and her vision of the future for “beautiful” boiler plate.
  9. Queen Of Heartbreak Trail, Originally broadcast 05/17/1948. The story of Harriet Pullen, a widow who settled in Skagway Alaska and went into business for herself and her children.
  10. The Enlightened Professor, Originally broadcast 05/24/1948. The story of Benjamin Silliman, the first Yale Professor of Chemistry, who was instrumental in the development of science education.
  11. Skylark Song, Originally broadcast 06/21/1948. The story of Grace Moore, from a church choir to The Metropolitan Opera.
  12. Break The News, Originally broadcast 07/12/1948. The history of the Associated Press, told on its one hundredth anniversary. The recording concludes abruptly after the credits, the story is complete. The last show of the season. Break the news is dedicated to the thousands of men and women of the great American News gathering organization the Associated Press.
  13. The Burning Bush, Originally broadcast 11/15/1948. A biography of Booker T. Washington and the founding of the Tuskeegee Institute.
  14. The Indigo Girl, Originally broadcast 12/27/1948. The story of how Eliza Lucas brought the indigo industry to South Carolina.
  15. Journey Among The Lost, Originally broadcast 03/07/1949. Journey Among The Lost tells the true story of Dorothea Lynde Dix a woman of faith who in 1841 worked for the human rights of the insane who were kept in terrible conditions within prison walls. These people were not criminals yet were treated far worse. Because of Dorothea’s tireless work in the year 1843 the Massachusetts legislature considered a bill to remove the insane and mentally sick from prisons and install them in public hostels, asylums, the first public asylums in America. Dorothea Lynde Dix was born on 4th April 1802 and died on 17th July 1887.
  16. Boy Wanted, Originally broadcast 03/28/1949. A well-done, heartwarming story about an unwanted little boy and his problem adoption.
  17. When We’re Green We Grow, Originally broadcast 05/02/1949. The story of Jennie McKimmon, one of the first rural “Home Demonstration Agents.” Eighty-one year old Jennie McKimmon appears after the drama.
  18. The Homecoming Of Sou Chan, Originally broadcast 06/27/1949. The story of the New York restauranteur, who was the owner of, “The House Of Chan.” A well-done story about an immigrant Chinese boy who makes good in America. The real Sou Chan appears after the story. Kenny Delmar’s Chinese dialect is excellent. One of Sou Chan’s regular customers, Fred Allen, appears to congratulate him. The last show of the season.
  19. Troublesome Jane, Originally broadcast 09/20/1949. Jane Swisshelm, an abolitionist newspaper publisher in Minnesota, tackles a pro-slavery boss, who owns the town.
  20. Remember Anna Zenger, Originally broadcast 10/18/1949. John Peter Zenger and well as his wife Anna, tackle the evils of tyranny and establish “Freedom Of The Press” in the process.
  21. Life Line, Originally broadcast 10/25/1949. The story of Bob Forrest, a veteran who becomes an underwater lumberjack after the war. The real Bob Forrest appears on the show after the drama.
  22. A Cup Of Coffee With Lew, Originally broadcast 12/27/1949. The story of Lew Reese, who built the Scio Ohio Pottery Company from a ruin into a valuable community asset.
  23. The Golden Needle, Originally broadcast 01/17/1950. A portrait of Nell Donnelly of Kansas City, who started a dress factory that achieved great success.
  24. The Interchangeable Mr. Whitney, Originally broadcast 01/24/1950. In 1799, Eli Whitney turned from Cotton Gins to muskets. He changed the industrial patterns of the civilized world.
  25. Ordeal By Fire, Originally broadcast 01/31/1950. A story about the early days of insurance companies and the great fire of New York City.
  26. Enterprise USA, Originally broadcast 02/14/1950. Two young men in Georgia have an idea to take worthless cotton fields and build a factory…which eventually becomes an Arrow Shirt factory.
  27. Young Man In A Hurry, Originally broadcast 02/28/1950. The story of Joe Gerber, an Austrian immigrant who invents a simple but clever device. Joe Gerber appears after the story and is interviewed.
  28. I, Mary Peabody, Originally broadcast 03/21/1950. I Mary Peabody is adapted from the bestseller The Peabody Sisters of Salem. The Peabody sisters were pioneers in modern educational theory and founders of the kindergarten movement in America.
  29. Lady Of Johnstown, Originally broadcast 04/18/1950. The courageous story of Rose Knox, who served for forty years as president of the Knox Gelatine Company.
  30. I Speak For Democracy, Originally broadcast 06/27/1950. The last show of the season. The story of a girl from northern Canada who came to Delaware and won a contest about the importance of American democracy.
  31. The Iron Mountain, Originally broadcast 09/05/1950. The story of U.S. Steel’s iron ore strike in Venezuela, after a world-wide search. An unintentionally harsh portrait of a multi-national giant. Dupont Cavalcade brings you a suspense drama of adventure and discovery set in the jungle heart of Venezuela.
  32. Six Men Of Wood, Originally broadcast 10/03/1950. The story of a family during the Depression that goes into the furniture business…with original designs.
  33. Wizards Of Whiting, Originally broadcast 10/17/1950. How the process of “petroleum cracking” was invented by Dr. William Burton and Dr. Robert Humphries.
  34. Improvement Noted, Originally broadcast 11/07/1950. The story of Eliphalet Dennison and the company he founded: Dennison paper products.
  35. The Metal Of The Moon, Originally broadcast 01/23/1951. The story of twenty two year old Charles Martin Hall, who discovered the practical method to obtain aluminum from its ores.
  36. Greeley Of The Tribune, Originally broadcast 02/06/1951. A temperance-minded aunt helps the New York newspaper editor scoop a story about Daniel Webster and strengthen the free press in America. Brian Donlevy portrays Horace Greeley in a little known and human story about that colorful figure who towered over American journalism in the 19th century. As editor of the New York Tribune, Horace Greeley’s sayings, innovations and provocative eccentricities made him one of America’s favorite characters. The story begins in 1843 in his office.
  37. The Case Of Harold Thomas, Originally broadcast 02/27/1951. A lawyer defends a poor man framed for robbery through the Legal Aid Society.
  38. Uncle Eury’s Dollar, Originally broadcast 03/13/1951. The human story of the “Faith Cabin Libraries” of the South.
  39. Mr. Statler’s Story, Originally broadcast 03/20/1951. From bellhop to owner of a chain of hotels…how Mr. Statler did it.
  40. The Reluctant Pioneer, Originally broadcast 04/03/1951. The story of the invention of the typewriter, and the development of the famous Remington Model #1.
  41. Once More The Thunderer, Originally broadcast 04/10/1951. One small paper on Martha’s Vineyard goes to great lengths to publish during a hurricane. A good story about the free press.
  42. No Doll Was Abigail, Originally broadcast 04/24/1951. The story of Abigail Scott Dunaway, who fought for woman’s suffrage in the Pacific Northwest.
  43. Chinese Daughter, Originally broadcast 06/19/1951. The well-written autobiography of Jade Snow Wong, the fifth daughter of a Chinese-American family, and the hardest honor she was able to achieve: the approval of her “daddy.”
  44. The Day They Gave Babies Away, Originally broadcast 12/25/1951. A widow dies, leaving six children in need of a home. The oldest tries to follow his mother’s wishes. The author, Dale Unsen (fiction editor of Cosmopolitan magazine), speaks after the story. The Day They Gave Babies Away is a Christmas story for the Holiday Season. It is a true story, which happened to a small boy whose father was dead. He lived with his mother and his brothers and his sisters in a little town on the Fox River in Wisconsin and the boys name was Robbie.
  45. Sixteen Sticks In A Bundle, Originally broadcast 01/01/1952. A poor colored family, only one generation up from slavery, puts fourteen children through high school, and most of them through college.
  46. A Prisoner Named Brown, Originally broadcast 01/08/1952. Tom Osborne goes to prison in an effort to reform the penal system.
  47. The Port Of Missing Men, Originally broadcast 01/15/1952. The story of Janet Lord, known as “Mother Roper,” and her work for the Seaman’s Friend Society.
  48. Fly High Fly Low, Originally broadcast 04/15/1952. Anecdotes and stories about baseball’s famous manager, John J. McGraw of the New York Giants.
  49. Daughter With Wings, Originally broadcast 06/10/1952. The story of Harriet Quimby, America’s first woman pilot, and the obstacles she had to overcome.
  50. The Melody Man, Originally broadcast 09/02/1952. The fascinating story of a persistent Dane named Finn Magnus, and his invention of an inexpensive, mass-produced harmonica.
  51. A Woman’s Way, Originally broadcast 09/23/1952. The story of Catherine Faye of Marietta, Ohio, who founded the first orphanage in the state and took little children out of the poorhouse.
  52. Star And The Shield, Originally broadcast 03/03/1953. A warm story about a little girl.


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