Acting Presidents: 100 Years of Plays about the Presidency by B. Altschuler

By B. Altschuler

This ebook seeks to fill a huge hole within the literature approximately fictional representations of presidents via learning greater than forty performs, written due to the fact that 1900, that have had popular productions on or off-Broadway or in one other significant city.

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105 Lincoln explains that “I must try to save the Negroes from Sumner and his friends,” whose desire to give them the vote immediately conflicts with Lincoln’s opinion that they must first be educated, however long that may take, before receiving 30 Acting Presidents voting rights. When the final scene returns to Lincoln’s deathbed, Speed praises Lincoln’s genius and strength in what is effectively a eulogy. Lincoln had the strength to disappoint those expecting triumphant rhetoric. ”106 Van Doren’s play picks up the themes common to so many of its predecessors.

Finally, the fact that so little is known about the actual relationship between the two gives considerable license to an author’s imagination. In Conkle’s view, it is Ann who is responsible for starting Lincoln’s political career. It is only at her urging that he runs for the state legislature, almost in spite of himself. ”69 Unfortunately, the play is forced to do violence to the actual chronology of events in order to make this point. In fact, Lincoln’s unsuccessful run for the state legislature took place in 1832.

However, he forbids her from revealing this knowledge to Burr out of fear that if Burr then fled, it would be blamed on Madison. When Burr, hoping to avoid arrest for treason, is unable to see the president, he instead visits the secretary of state’s office, where he denies seeking to detach western states from the United States as part of his proposed Mexican empire. As soon as Burr exits, facing arrest and trial, Madison assures Dolly he will withhold the letters, now in his possession, thereby making conviction for treason impossible.

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