August 28, 2020

Simon Hall: Fidel Castro in Harlem (1960)

In this politically-charged episode of Travels Through Time, Professor Simon Hall takes us on a fascinating tour of the United States in 1960.

We watch on as 'the Greensboro Four’ ignite a nation-wide series of sit-ins. We take a visit to see Fidel Castro and his swashbuckling entourage at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem. And we watch as Nixon and Kennedy go head to head in the most famous presidential debate of them all.

The subject matter, the scenes and characters that feature in this episode come from Simon Hall's new book, Ten Days in Harlem: Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960sTo be in with a chance of winning a hardback copy of this book and a superb colourised image of Fidel Castro, visit:

Simon Hall is Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds.

Show notes

Scene One: 1 February 1960; the lunch counter at the F. W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Scene Two: Evening of Thursday 22 September; the Skyline Lounge, Hotel Theresa, Harlem.

Scene Three: 26 September, CBS’s McClurg Court studios, Chicago.

Memento: One of Fidel Castro’s cigars


Presenter: Peter Moore

Guest: Simon Hall

Producers: Maria Nolan

Titles: Jon O

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