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Playwright’s Note: The End of War

The following note appears in the playbill for The End of War, onstage at the November Theatre through March 26th, 2017. When I set out to write the novel, The End of War, the source material for this play, I had in mind a Greek tragedy. The book was designed to mimic classic theatrical structure: three Olympian …

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Thomas Jefferson: Slavery’s Defender, Freedom’s Apostle

By Professor Ervin L. Jordan Jr., University of Virginia ©2016  All Rights Reserved.   In 1776 Thomas Jefferson, one of Virginia’s largest slaveholders, wrote the Declaration of Independence’s stirring yet hollow words: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable …

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Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence—The First Draft & Its Paragraph about Slavery

By William M. S. Rasmussen Lead Curator and Lora M. Robins Curator Virginia Historical Society   The best-known words in American history are found in Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that …

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