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Master of Science (MS)
The year 1961 marked the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the statehood of Kansas and of the beginning of the United States Civil War. Throughout the country, writers of fiction and non-fiction, poets, playwrights and musicians unearthed or wrote anew accounts of the Civil War. Patriotic Kansans staged a variety of pageants to commemorate the birth of their state. Coincidence in the times of the beginning of the Civil War and the statehood of Kansas often allowed coincidental celebrations--pageants depicting events common to both. Apropo to the celebration of these two anniversaries, the writer chose to produce and direct a dramatization of Stephen Vincent Benet's epic poem, John Brown's Body as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree in Speech at Fort Hays Kansas State College.
Copyright 1961 Bill Thomas Samples
Samples, Thomas B., "A Production Thesis of Stephen Vincent Benet's John Brown's Body" (1961). Master's Theses. 722.