Mar 19, 2015
Schoolbook controversies are nothing new. Nearly
three-quarters of a century ago, the subject was covered in this
episode of a CBS docu-drama called The Free Company.
Should American history textbooks cover only the glowing, positive aspects of our early heroes, or should they present the complete truth, warts and all?
The group that produced these shows, the Free Company, was about as prestigious as you could get. Nobody was paid, and writers included Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Vincent Benet, Norman Corwin, William Saroyan, and Sherwood Anderson.
Hollywood actors like John Garfield, Orson Welles, and Paul Muni volunteered their services, and the series was hosted by Burgess Meredith.
The series ran less than three months in early 1941. This episode, The Mole on Lincoln's Cheek, aired on March 2, 1941.