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The dismantled typescript volume contains scripts for radio broadcasts Blakely delivered August 1, 8, 15, 22, and September 5, 22, 1937, on station WRTD for State-Planters Bank in Richmond. Some of the broadcasts pertain to local events and state politics, including a labor-related trial involving the Virginia lynch law. Other topics include the Sino-Japanese War and Franklin D. Roosevelt's appointment of Hugo Black to the Supreme Court. Of interest are Blakely's comments concerning Congress's likely passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the alleged inefficiency and sloth of southern labor. Several pages of undated typescript contain African American spirituals. Obituaries provide details concerning Blakely's life.
LaMotte Marcus Blakely (1895-1941), native of Washington, N.C., worked for various newspapers in Virginia. In 1917, he began his career as a reporter for the Virginian. Following service in the U.S. Army field service at Camp Lee, Va., during World War I, Blakely returned to the Virginian. He later served as the editor of the Richmond Evening Dispatch and the Times-Dispatch. He also worked as an editorial commentator for the radio station WRTD in Richmond.
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LaMotte M. Blakely Papers (#456), Special Collections Department, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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