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The following program is produced and recorded in the studios of KPFA Berkeley California under a grant from the Educational Television Radio Center in cooperation with the National Association of educational broadcasters. We present the American woman in fact and fiction from Colonial Times to the present day. A series of 13 programs written and directed by Virginia Maynard and produced by Virginia Maynard and jaws Levy bucked the revote of mother. Father what is it. Sure. What then do you know but then.
Don't bother I mean are I going to do this right of the Dolls or whatnot. Now lookee if I want to know what they may not be going over in the field for and I'm going to know. Hi Richard go on into the house mother and you turn to your own affair going into the house did you tell me what they managed to win over there on the field here. Oh all right is it you want to know. I wanna know what there may not be going over there in that he'll hole where they're going to suffer. Spose you got to know a center for one a bar. Are you going to build a bottle but there where we was going to have a house ah you know and I guess that's about it. Now you got there you. Go all go away and you have bad don't you.
What is the big informant did he tell you they had diggin for a cellar for a new ball. Oh mother he ain't going to build another phone line. That's what he's saying is what does he need another bone for I thought we was going to build a new house near there that's what I thought. Looks like we've got a big enough bond with all them Sherrod's and outbuildings. So I am me. Yes I did you know father was going to build a new one. Yes I spose I did. How long have you known it. Oh about three months I guess. While I didn't yet have a lot of it I didn't think to do no good. I don't see what Father wants another bond for me is he going to buy more cows Sam I Am Sam. I want you to tell me if he's going to buy a cow. I spose a year is where's my lunch. Here he is saying how many cows
for I guess. Well Pooler moan how What's he going to go mother I'll be late for school what I ate but a little after seven. Mold can I guess I'd better get back to these dishes. You white. I'm sure there's a good many this morning. Mother. Don't you think it's too bad father's going to build that new barn much as we need a decent house to live. I guess you ain't found out yet we're womenfolks nonpaying and you ain't seen enough of men folks yet to one of these days you'll find out and then you'll know that we only know what men folks think we do. So far as any of us even those who know how we'd ought to recommend folk scene with Providence and not complain of what they do anymore than would do with the weather and I don't care I don't believe George is anything like that anyhow all he wait and see. I guess George Eastman ain't no better than the other
man. You hadn't ought to judge father though Nayan he can help because he don't look at things just the way we do and I do wish we had a parliament. My guess it won't hurt George Eastman to come and see you in a nice clean kitchen. There's a good many girls don't have as good a place as this. Nobody's ever heard me complain. Well I don't complain and neither mother well I don't think you better a good father a good home as you've got. I suppose your father made you go out and work for your livin lots of girls have to that ain't no stronger and better able than you be. I know mother I know Father is good but but nothing related to you. And it's hard I'm hearing it. Yes we must have that stove moved out of the shed before long. Talk about not having things. It's been a real blessing to be able to put a stove up there in that ship in hot weather. Father did one good thing when he fixed that stove pipe thing.
Yes he did. Here I'll finish you get on with your fancy work or you won't be ready for your wedding come fall. I have to go down to the store and buy some more broad rethread. I better help you finish up first tonight. No you go along. I'm just going to make up a few mince pies. Your father won't like it if you don't get a piece of pie between me and. Anyhow he's back in their home. I want to have a word with him. Well all right I'll be back Monday. Don't hurry now get all wore out. It's going to be a hot day and I can feel it anything I want to one. Method I can think of. Brad last fall though. There were no worries you know I want to see you in just a minute. Father cannot move forward nor how I got to do it on hold or go for a lower ground. Sam you want to help me you have normal route of going to school surely Well I guess that one will keep for a few minutes I want to speak to you. I've turned up no Homer
burger bar that you come here. Oh well. Where are my other set them. Got something I want to see you wear what is it. I wanna know what your build in that new bond for her. Got nothing to say about it. It can't be you think you need another Vonne churchyard got nothin to say about of murder and I ain't going to say no one be you gonna buy more cals. God no will you be. Now the Lookee here I am going to talk real plain to you. I never have since I married you but I'm going to never dying never complained and I ain't going to complain now but I'm going to talk plain. You see this room here father. You look at that way. You see there ain't no cop it on the floor and you see the paper all dirty and
drop it off the wall. We ain't had no no paper on it but ten year and then I put it on myself and it didn't cost but nine pence a roll you see this room father. It's all the one I've had to work in and eat in and set in since we was married. There isn't another woman in the whole town whose husband ain't got half the means you have but what's gotten better. It's all the wrong way and got to have that company and they're one of our mates but what's got betta and their fathers not so able as hers it is it's all the room she'll have to be married to. Now what would you have thought if we had had our women in a room like me. Yes I was married in my mother's pond with a cop it on the floor and and stuffed furniture and I'm aha good me too.
This is all the room mother daughter will have to be married in. Loki a father. Their father. There's all the romance had to sleep in for twenty year. Just a little coop big enough for a bed in a bureau and a path between all my children were born they have the two that died with two that's livin why it ain't so good is your horse's stall. It ain't so warm and time. And look look over here. Here is all the pantry I've got every place I've got for my dishes to set away my vittles and to keep my milk pans in. Father I've been taking care of the milk of six cows in this place and now you're going to build a new ball on and keep more cows and give me mo to do in eight and a half. And I want to know what you think you would do when right and according to what you profess here when we was married 20 years ago you promised me faithful that we should have a
new house built in that lot over in the field before the year was out. You said you had money enough and you would as middle of a no such place as this. Well it's twenty year now and you've been making more money and I've been saving of it for you ever since. And you ain't no house. Yeah you built shanties and cow houses and one new Bond and now you're going to build another. I want to know Father if you think it's right. Your lodge and your dumb beasts better than you are your own flesh and blood. I want to know if you think it's. It ain't got nothing to say oh you can't say nothing without omen it ain't right father and there's another thing. If we stay in this house she can't live with us after she's married she'll have to go somewhere else to live away from us and the boys don't seem as if I could have it so no ways that she
wanted to have a strong oh she's she's got considerable color but look there was never any backbone to what I was took the half the very earth I'm all for and and she ain't fit to keep house and do everything to sail for. She'll be all wore out inside of a year. Think of her doing all the washing then add the bacon and sweep and I can have it so no way. Father Ain't Got Nothing To Our got to go off after about load or gravel. I can't stand here talking all day. Oh won't she think it over and have a house built fair stead of of him. I ain't got nothing to say. He ain't got nothing to say.
Well I'm back mother. The man over in the field have a team helping them now. Looks like we're going to have a new bond in a hurry. Looks like. What did father say. Nothing Mother I've been thinking. I don't see how we're going to have any weapon in this room. I'd be ashamed to have his folks come if we didn't have anybody else. Well maybe we can have some new paper before then I can put in. I guess you would have no call to be ashamed of your belongings. We might have the weapon in the new barn. My mother. You look so strange. What's the matter. Nothing. The new ball on the ball. I must be off and his mother no work at all go on over there today. It's a relief to
get rid of all that pounding and salt and anyway Sam says Bob is going to move the stock in tomorrow. He is your father now. Who's the letter from father. No it's from your Uncle Hiram lad. What does it say about the folk I guess they're all right. The shares you think should come up country right off there's a chance to buy just the current of a horse I want her and I had a piece of work cut out from a show in the next few days and I hate to go off jest now write an image to him but eternally go lots cut. And I guess Ruth wished the others can get along without me for three or forty I can't get the horse round here to suit me now. I got to have another one for all that would've fallen in the polls. I told her to watch out if you got wind of a good horse to never know and I don't know but what you betta go yeah I was a ghost strike
up right now. Little better way here's a clean shirt collar and yes on this suit if you need em. Man put these in the police for your fun. Yes I'll just wrap up some of this pie and cheese for you have a bite to eat on the way. Don't forget to fathers raise and I and I thought it might work. And sure I asked when them colors come Sammy or Rufus can drive them into the new barn and when they bring the hay up where they can get it in there to. Be back by Sunday. If nothing happens do be careful father. Good bye father. Saturday. This is Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. So what did you say mother. I was just thinking out loud. You don't look so good today man what.
Have you got that pain in your side again. A little a warrior oughtn't to work says steady even on that fancy work. You're getting too thin. Why don't you go lay down and restore what. Oh no Mother I'm all right. I better get on with this bacon. Yes. But to want to do you set the guideposts of the lowered the priest just says let my son pose and I had to hire him. Supposing I had asked him if he knew of any home. Yes I did. The father's gone was none of my doing. We had all looks like up but then said What are you talking about Mother own. What's that. What's Rufus with a loaded handgun away. Do you know what's going on with the new boat why I've got to stop him. Oh no no no.
Oh I don't want that. Then don't bother. Oh wow. Why were you in the ad is running up and all bawling. Oh oh oh oh oh well then put it in the hole was my you know I thought father won them you put them in the new Bond movie it's all right. Dinner ready mother. Why I'm going to get a regular dinner today Sam as long as your father's gun and let the $5 even have some bread milk and pot. I'm not we get along. You'd better eat now you might as well get through with it. I want you to help me afterwards and Rufous to tell. Damn Rufus I want him to help us once he's been ish say. Why what's going on. Why don't you have what the hey in the new bar. What are you going to do mother. You'll see what I'm going to do when you're through man that I want you to go up stairs and pack your things and I want you Sammy to help me take down the bed
in the bedroom Oh mother what fo you see you and say I am. Tell Rufus I want him to take down the stove and set it up in the harness room in the new bar in the new bar in the new barn. We're movin when I'm movin in the next three four days. Bag and baggage lock stock and barrel into the new fall out. Right over the house then you can go Rufus. And when you get through milkin tonight bring the bill down here to the new bar put the cans in the feed room yonder we have got milk pans by the sink and when there are new cows a Miss depends come but three of them in the old barn and the other in the house shed where the cookstove used to say oh and Sammy rustle up some more wood to keep this fire going in the cook stove so the being will stay hot.
My but that Phaedra will make a fine buttery mother well I'll have room to turn around in it anyway and it's light enough in there so I can see what I'm doing. That's a big job skimming the cream and getting the butter ready for market from ten cows milk and I know but I'll be able to do the work of ten there home most as easy as I could a six and no pantry I shouldn't wonder. What's father going to say we ain't got long to wait to find that out. He ought to be along in a minute. What do you often see the right of it mark my words. Who knows right from wrong as well as anyone I reckon. I and he know that it wasn't right for me to have to do my work like I did there. Running outside all summer to do my cooking and all the heavy cannon and preserving mommy and us cooped up there in that drafty cold shack all winter not even room to breathe in. But men folks get cosseted they are so used to shoving their way around and being waited on they don't stop to think how other folks feel lest they other men
women and children they can just take what they get and be grateful. I mean blame in your father. He's no worse than other men. It's me. I blame you. Put up with it. All of these each he has I should not put my foot down long ago with his making such good money he gets to be on ALL FULL have it just taken what man gives in asking for MOMO. As for what he'll do. There ain't much your body can do with someone takes a firm stand to do what's right when he knows it's wrong. I don't see how you ever dared to do it mother the way I'm surprised at myself. But all of a sudden it just seemed to me it was time to call a halt and I dance to your fathers fiddlin for 20 years and now for once I'm going to call up two women worked as hard as your father has these 20
years probably most like I had you children and look after them to the Stanley homes they lived worked for morning to night and never asked a thing from a labor that it won't. I had a duty to myself and my family and I still have. I don't ever believe your sister in law they would have died if we'd had a tight warm house to tender in when she got sick. Their women's place is in the home they say. Well my mon ain't always been or had done my share in the field work Reg and I before we had hands worked as hard as a man but narrow my work is in the house a good deal of it. Well if your father can have fancy barns to houses cows and horses and I reckon he can house his family better he's placing nothing extra for humans but it's a sight better in what we have and if I can get me a house build I'll leave in the fall and he can keep his
cows in the house if he thinks it's fit. This harness will make a good kitchen with all the shelves in this big chimney. It'll do fine and of Riyadh a few more window with that big metal place we could use for a parlor. But then we haven't got any money. We'll get some Verna chair and some windows cut through to work and we'll have some partitions put up around those box stalls with fixed for bedrooms so's we don't have to hang the quilts up in front of me like that. And we could have a friend in trickle through over there by those tensions and make a door yard where father was going to have his column has to really care and framing those stairs to the loft. Maybe George and I could live up there after we're married. That's what I say. If you do know you know waist drop me and I want to take care of your mom's a can. Specially children come along and I don't want you to have to go through with what I did
and you couldn't stay. That's what gives me the strength to do what I did. Mainly What's that now the new roof. Just one of them in the house. Well good. Why is that Sam anyhow this fire's about I out here I come other way your best. Folks that fire back in a hurry where you playin. Lookin so funny for. There's a lot of people down there on the road watching Rufus put the car in the house and lookin over here at the new barn and clanking their tongues off the way I let them talk. I reckon the hand has been told in Iran how we've been moving over here. I heard one of them so you must be on your hand out of it. Just come into it. Pan man how you look at it mother. Then you have to tell. The minister. Funny thing kind of been expected of the old I'll just sit quiet man and don't get excited. I say and you keep on fixing the phone.
I'll go to the door and speak to the minister. Afternoon Mr. has. Good afternoon Mrs. Mrs. boom. Well I feel it is my duty. This move of yours your husband there ain't no use talking Mr. Hussein I thought it all over and over and I believe I'm doing what's right. I've made it a subject of prayer and it's but twixt me and the Lord and my husband. There ain't no call for nobody else to worry about it. Well of course if you brought it to the Lord in prayer and you feel satisfied that you're doing right Mrs. Brown I think it was right just as I think it was right for off all fathers to come over from the old country because they didn't have what belonged to it and I don't doubt you mean well Mr. her as he but well there are things people hadn't ought to interfere with.
I've been a member of the church for over forty years. I've got my own mind and my own feet and I'm going to think my own thoughts and go my own way and nobody but them know it is going to dictate to me unless I've a mind to have him. And now if you'll excuse me I'm expecting my husband back in a minute. Well I've got supper the fix unless you've a mind to come in and said that must be alone no thank you I I believe I'll be going. How is Mrs. Jersey. Oh she's won't fly away I'll give him our God's money. Well I guess with the thought I'd shut the door but it's too hot. What's that now. It's father. He's going to hell. Oh mother he'll be greeted by that. OK I'll now keep cool now and it's going to be all right. Rufus is just not around the corner the old guard. You don't dare go near him let me look. Why he
looks like he's had a sunstroke bother to us. Yuri I'd best go to the door immediately the mother who let me stand in front of your mother. Where is your back father. How are you father. Father her work. Worked our air so we're all down here for. What's the matter we're both we we've come here to live. Father OR. What your dad smells like poker. More foreigners room. What on earth are you coming here for mess that day. Who are now that you mustn't be scared and I ain't crazy. All right nothing to be upset over. But we've come here to live and we're going to live here. We got just as good a right to leave
you there is no war says Newcastle as the house wasn't fit for us to live in any longer and I made up my mind I wasn't going to stay there. I've done my duty by you for twenty years and I'm going to do it now. But I'm going to live here. But you've got to put in some windows and partitions and you'll have to buy some furniture. When are you going to take off your coat and sat down to supper. It's already baked beans and brown bread and costed pie just as you have always liked on a Saturday night. Or were they come together and come and sit down at the table. Yes mom. And she going to ask a blessing be present at our table or Lord be here. Everywhere adored Mercer's bless and grant that we
may feed her we move. While dealing with now he is so laid back like children a lot of sense got a bad home. I was left study and mother yelling angry at me are you father. You know I don't seem to be. I was just thinking how it must look to you. And I got done right by you know lead you all that don't just say such as they are say it mother. You will learn me something that she did in your father and I are the partitions and everything you want mother knows you work
for her no I do You were so set on actors Oh this comes to. You. That was part 10 of the American woman in fact in fiction a series of 13 programs written and directed by Virginia Maynard. The Revolt of mother was based on a story written by Mary Wilkins Freeman in 1891. The cast included Giles Levy Angela Goldsby Edwin Smith and Virginia mainit engineering was by David L. Talcott. The series was produced and
recorded in the studios of KPFA Berkeley California under a grant from the Educational Television and Radio Center and is being distributed by the National Association of educational broadcasters. Is the any radio network.
American woman in fact and fiction
The revolt of mother
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A farm woman declares her independence in this radio adaptation of a short story by Mary Wilkins Freeman.
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Thirteen half-hour programs illustrating with dramatization the changing status of women in America from colonial times to the present day, plus a one-hour panel discussion on modern-day problems.
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Actor: Levy, Charles
Actor: Goldsby, Angela
Actor: Mawson, C.A.
Actor: Smith, Edwin
Director: Maynard, Virginia
Producing Organization: pacifica radio
Producing Organization: KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.)
Writer: Maynard, Virginia
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