Children of Promise Book Summary and Study Guide

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    In 1905 in the town of Mansfield, Missouri, is getting ready for another fall and crop. That means school is starting for the children, too. When an Irish-Catholic teacher named Mrs. Maurene O'Connor arrives, tensions arise. Laura Ingalls Wilder interviews Mrs. O'Connor and finds she is a caring and good teacher, but unfortunately a group called the Klan is set on driving the teacher out of town because of her religion. Taking drastic action, the Klan threaten the newspaper editor from printing Laura's articles asking for more children to go to school, while the crop season approaches. Forced to work in the fields for harvesting, Laura writes more articles pleading for parents to consider having their children to be educated.
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    Trouble comes again when the Klan set fire to crosses on Laura and Manly's Apple Hill Farm. They set up a Klan rally, and Laura has just right solution to stop them forever. She convinces townspeople to join in the fight against the Klan. With the people's support, she sends the kids to school and confronts the Klan with her friends. After a hard battle of words and encouragement, she finally triumphs over the Klan and with all good cause, the harvest is accomplished.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   religious issues Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lot of descript of crop raising Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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