The New Nation
1787 to Civil War
Geoffry Brown as Edwin Forrest
Table of Contents:
Full text Monologues are below table of contents.
Dolley Madison: Creates the role of First Lady.
The Adams Curse: John Quincy Adams's fragile wife, Louisa Adams, vs. his domineering mother, Abigail Adams.
Washington Irving's Southern Tale: The author spins a fantastic but true story of incest and miscegenation in a leading Virginia family.
Da Ponte in America: Mozart's librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte tries to put his bad-boy days behind him and become a respectable US citizen.
Edwin Forrest: The actor's rivalry with William Macready leads to the riot in 1849 at Astor Place, NYC, in which 22 die.
Sam Houston: The hero of Texas' independence and the state's first govenor refuses to join the Confederacy.
Fanny Kemble: An English actress marries a US slave holder and rebels at his treatment of the plantation's slaves.
John C. Fremont and the flag: The disasterous winter journey of 1848 to try and find a railroad route across the mountains of southern Colorado.
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Hiding from Satan. The author finds he is not suited to commune life at Brook Farm.
Horace Greeley: The famous and famously eccentric editor of The New York Tribune rides high until he runs for President.
Hetty Greene: The Witch of Wall Street, the richest woman in America, still wears hand-me-down clothes.
William Seward: Lincoln's Secretary of State tries to help him deal with "the Negro question."
The Booth Curse: The rivalry between John Wilkes Booth and his brother, Edwin, leads to the tragedy at Ford's Theater
Julia Ward Howe: Should the famous poet and suffragist, the symbol of respectability, reveal the truth of her home life?
Kosmos: Walt Whitman, before, during, and after the Civil War, an autobiographical arrangement of his writings.