Kate Douglas Wiggin, nee Smith (1856-1923) was an American children's author and educator. She was born in Philadelphia, and was of Welsh descent. She started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the "Silver Street Free Kindergarten"). With her sister in the 1880s she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Her best known books are The Story of Pasty (1883), The Birds' Christmas Carol (1887), Polly Oliver's Problem (1893), A Cathedral Courtship (1893), The Village Watchtoer (1896), Marm Lisa (1897) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903).
Thomas Fletcher first sees her in 1916, at a drug store in Birmingham, Alabama. He doesn't know her, but her brown hair and beautiful eyes captivate him. He soon learns her name-Juliette Wilcox-and she would learn his. Their attraction cannot be denied, but something stands in their way.
Thomas is a drafted soldier, about to be sent to Europe to fight in the dreaded World War I. Although Juliette begs for them to be married before he goes to boot camp, he doesn't want to leave her a widow. Their letters will keep them close. Letters are all they will have until he returns from the battlefield-hopefully, alive.
For the next four years, letters arrive from far off France and Germany to Juliette's front porch in Alabama. For the next four years, their love grows, develops, and increases. Even so, war is a dark force, and many men never return. Will Thomas be one of the soldiers lost, or will he come home and make Juliette's dreams of marriage a happy reality?
This one-man, one-act, two scene play is a biography of Frederick Douglass. It chronicles the life of Douglass beginning with childhood in the plantation system, his life as a young adult slave, the escape to freedom and the gradual rise to prominence as a national spokesperson and advocate for racial equality and the abolition of slavery. The author blends his words and those of Douglass to create a compelling, uncompromising life story of an American slave turned American statesman. With history as a backdrop we discover that the words of Douglass resonate through the generations and are as meaningful today as they were during slavery, the Civil War and emancipation. Those words, in essence, are a message of hope and a reminder that the value of life is not determined by the color of one's skin.
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