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By B. Altschuler

 Although motion pictures in regards to the presidency were a well-liked topic for research, there's no similar literature approximately performs that painting leader executives. This publication fills that hole via studying intimately approximately 50 performs depicting ancient, fictional or even musical presidents. It explains how, because the public's belief in executive has declined, the heroic presidents of the 1st half the 20 th century were changed on degree by means of such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.

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17 Based partly on Alfred Henry Lewis’s 1903 novel, Peggy O’Neal, the 1924 play is about the wife of Andrew Jackson’s secretary of the navy, John Henry Eaton, who was disdained by Washington society because of her premarital occupation of tavernkeeper. For plot reasons, this was changed. The actual couple had been the secretary of war and the daughter of a tavernkeeper. In Other Heroic Presidents 39 real life, while her husband was away at sea, she was frequently seen in the company of Eaton from the time he was elected to the Senate in 1818 until her husband committed suicide ten years later.

The next year he ran again for the state legislature, this time successfully. 70 Thus, Conkle’s story that an unambitious Lincoln would have been satisfied to remain a store clerk, but for his desire to marry Ann is a gross mischaracterization of the politically ambitious future president. Nevertheless, this picture of a reluctant Lincoln would continue to be a staple of plays about him. It fits in very well with the image of Lincoln as a man of the people. Although Prologue to Glory is largely forgotten today, it had a significant afterlife with numerous community theater productions, several radio versions and at least four television adaptations, most notably one on General Electric Theater in 1956.

It begins with Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre the night of his assassination, even including excerpts from Our American Cousin, then flashes back to tell the story of Abe and Mary Lincoln. ”109 Reviews, however, were brutal, finding the play overly preachy, historically inaccurate, and so poorly written that the dialogue was unintentionally funny. ”110 The play, which was never published, seems to have been entirely forgotten. One-Man Plays Since 1972, new plays about Lincoln have been quite infrequent.

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