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The Abolitionist

Barry Blander

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ISBN 10: 1401053114 / ISBN 13: 9781401053116
Published by Xlibris, 2002
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Title: The Abolitionist

Publisher: Xlibris

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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THE ABOLITIONIST is a three act play occuring between the years 1851 1861 The protagonist is Jonah MacKenzie a wealthy minister renowned throughout the nation for his abolitionist activities His aristocratic wife Elizabeth is a partial invalid from a stroke and their only child Reuben adoring his father has gone on to become a minister as well In Act I we learn that Jonah is torn between an equally intense love and hatred for his son whom he and his wife have banished Mary Beaton a young well to do neighbor once engaged to Reuben but secretly in love with his father Jonah comes to visit and implores Jonah to find his son and reconcile Elizabeth overhearing Mary s entreaties and wary of the young lady s intentions toward her husband wheels herself in and commands Mary to leave never to return Act II occurs in the past 1851 and focuses upon the abolitionist activities of father and son We find them in the Free state of Ohio where Jonah delivers an impassioned sermon against slavery in a little church near the Kentucky a slave state border dodging stones Jonah then visits his friends Moses and Kathleen Pendleton leaders of the Underground Railroad Meantime Reuben is in Kentucky present at a slave auction He is smitten with love for an exquisitely beautiful mulatto named Veronica She is purchased by a murderous slave holder Roland Jeffries from whose Kentucky plantation early in the morning Reuben rescues her He brings her to the Pendletons Determined to retrieve the slave girl Jeffries barges in shooting and wounding Jonah who is barring the way Reuben enters in time to save Veronica and Jonah Reuben escorts Veronica on the Underground Railroad to Canada where he proposes marriage to her At first dissenting pointing out the probable social consequences Veronica yields Though proud of his son s rescue of Veonica upon learning that his son intends to marry a negro Jonah becomes enraged and forbids the marriage threate

About the Author:

I was born on January 19, 1952 in Brookline, Massachusetts. I have written four three-act plays: "Forgivings" (produced in Boston), "The First Snow" (a revision of "Forgivings"), "The Abolitionist", and most recently, a two-act play entitled "The Hope Chest", as well as a collection of one-act plays entitled: "Leaves in the Autumn Wind". Recently, I completed a screenplay entitled: "Storm Watch", which is a murder mystery. I have had much of my poetry published in various anthologies and chapbooks. I presently live in West Hollywood, California, moving there from Boston, Massachusetts. I'm a Christian.

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