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“Ida B. 'n the Lynching Tree: A Record of Race History”

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Wistrand, Carolyn Nur (American playwright, university professor, director, community activist, 1950-____), “Ida B. 'n the Lynching Tree: A Record of Race History,”

a 70-minute drama in English, set in Mississippi, various times in main character's life 1862-1931,

4m or 4f (doubling for multiple roles)

; © 2000 by Carolyn Nur Wistrand; • in Carolyn Nur Wistrand’s Ida B. 'n the Lynching Tree: A Record of Race History (Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Canada: One Act Play Depot, 2003), ISBN 1894910400, 71 pp., catalog #OAPD040 ; • scripts/rights available from One Act Play Depot, Box 335, Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, SOJ 2M0, Canada, telephone (home) 775-249-8151, fax 775-249-8151, e-mail plays@oneactplays.net, http://oneactplays.net/; contact Carolyn Nur Wistrand, e-mail carolnur@oneactplays.net.  •  Cited by K Balvenie via ftp June, 26, 2003 and One Act Play Depot, accessed July 15, 2003.

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  §  Synopsis “The play, moves swiftly through major events in the life of Miss Ida B. Wells, from her birth on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, to the Memphis lynchings of March 9, 1892, which resulted in her lifelong crusade against lynching and inequities, brought about by Jim Crow laws in the Deep South.

  §  Comment “‘Ida B. ‘n the Lynching Tree’ is based on the foremost African American female journalist of the 19th century, Miss Ida B. Wells. A founding member of the NAACP, Ida B. Wells was characterized as courageous, fearless, and militant. . . . This historic play is suitable for English, drama, and history classes. An excellent supplemental reference, ‘Ida B. ‘n the Lynching Tree’ brings 19th century race relations in the United States to life for students. C. Nur Wistrand was awarded a Confronting Racism Grant (2000) from the Mott Foundation to research and write the script for high school students as a vehicle to reflect and dialogue on historical issues relating to racism. • ‘Ida B. 'n The Lynching Tree’ was initially presented in the KIVA Auditorium, University of Michigan-Flint on February 14, 2000. It was subsequently performed in the Randall Coates Auditorium, Beecher Community Shools, February 25, 26, 27, 28, 2000, culminating at The Charles H. Wright Musuem of African American History in Detroit, Michigan on May 5, 2000.”

  §  Themes Ida B. Wells Barnett (journalist, NAACP founding member, 1862-1931), Jim Crow, journalism, Ku Klux Klan, lynching, race, racism, riot, school teaching, slavery.

See also Carolyn Nur Wistrand’s

  • Second Coming,” a 50-minute drama in English, set in the parlor of the Welsh family, on a plantation in Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.A., 1844, the 1960s, 2002 (time periods exist simultaneously), 4f

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