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Type: Video

Series Title West Virginia: A Film History

Filmmaker Mark Samels

Company West Virginia Humanities Council

Format DVD


I’m going to Charles Town to open a school there next week. The spirit that hung John Brown still lives and the people are strongly opposed to schools for the freed men. I go alone but I trust the law and the Lord will shield me. Anne Dudley

Narrator: When teacher Anne Dudley arrived in Charles Town, white residents sent her death threats. Ten federal soldiers escorted her to school the first day but Dudley insisted on living by herself in a remote cabin.

I keep a good axe and six shooter at the head of my bed at night. Resolved to sell my life as dearly as possible, if need be. Anne Dudley

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