Episode #8: The Good & Bad News of “Spirit of 1776” Suffrage Storytelling

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THE GOOD NEWS & THE BAD NEWS!

How’s Wilmer Kearns doing in his ongoing effort to win the heart of Edna Buckman? Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Edna loves Wilmer’s storytelling. The bad news is that she hates his pipe and cigar. Edna’s mother May Begley Buckman was a temperance activist and these two items (a pipe and cigar) are on May’s “no no” list. It could be worse. May dislikes alcohol even more and Wilmer’s happens to like beer. And this only complicates matters. But Wilmer’s of the opinion that he’ll address these obstacles one at a time.

Are you wondering about the temperance movement? More than 100 years ago alcohol was even more of a problem than it is now. And some people like Edna’s mother got on the bandwagon to do something about it. See PBS special trailer.

THE PLOT THICKENS AS WILMER KEARNS FACES A NEW PROBLEM

The situation with Wilmer is complicated by the fact that his first job was in the accounting office of a cigar manufacturing firm in New York City, a rapidly growing industry at that time. The combination of cigars and booze didn’t endear Wilmer to Edna’s family. They didn’t know about Wilmer’s fondness for beer –only cigars. And Wilmer’s looking in the mirror mornings to ask himself: Which is more important? Edna or cigars?

The solution? Wilmer needs advice and he’ll ask Aunt Sarah. Meanwhile, the writings by Mary Wollstonecraft are still causing problems. Coming soon on Episode #9 of “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling. Stay tuned!

Special thanks to Jonathan Geffner, special guest on Episode #8.

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