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I'm An American -- Frank Kingdon

Recorded Sound | RG Number: RG-91.0064

On June 29, 1941 Dr. Frank Kingdon spoke with William H. Carmichael, District Director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, about why he is devoting his time to national defense. Dr. Kingdon reveals he came to America because he believes there was more opportunity for individualism. He shares his immigration story. He says he has always thought of America as home. Dr. Kingdon adds, “If America today has a foreign problem, it doesn't rise from the mixed population. But from out of date beliefs that there are any foreign nations and foreign people in this modern age.” Dr. Kingdon refers to the planet as one big city because the radio allows many people to listen to one man’s voice. He warns of the most dangerous influences coming from outside the country’s borders. Dr. Kingdon explains the changes of democracy over the years.

Dr. Frank Kingdon (b. Francis Kingdon Ward) was born on November 6, 1885 in Manchester, England. He and his family emigrated to America the same year. Dr. Kingdon earned degrees from Boston University, Harvard, Albion College, and Ohio Northern University. While in school, he became a naturalized citizen. He went on to become a botanist, explorer, plant collector educator, political commentator and author. Dr. Frank Kingdon was also active in many causes like the Newark Community Chest, the International Rescue and Relief Committee, the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies and the Fight for Freedom Committee. He also served as special assistant to the chairman of the War Manpower Commission and the chairman of the War Production Board during World War II.

Production:  1941 June 29
Radio broadcasts.
Record last modified: 2020-10-29 13:59:18
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