An American Politician

Francis Marion CRAWFORD (1854 - 1909)

In 1880’s Boston, Mass. the good life is lead according to all the Victorian era societal rules of the New World. Political ambitions and the business of making money go hand in hand. A Senate seat suddenly opens up due to the current junior senator’s unexpected death, and the political machinations to fill the seat begin. Senatorial candidate John Harrington is a young idealist who thinks that fighting for truth and justice, regardless of political affiliation, is the way. But he is told he can’t possibly win because he isn’t partisan enough. His opponents in the iron mine, railroad and shipping business sabotage his first bid for office, because he wants to do away with protectionism in trade to open up global competition. He eventually succeeds in winning a Senate seat. He gives a rousing speech to Congress as they gather to elect a President in a race which has ended in a three way tie. His message is that blindly following a party’s positions and principles is not being free and independent, and will not always lead to the best person being elected, or to the best decisions being made for the country as a whole. (Summary written by Maire Rhode)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

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Play 01 Chapter 1 Maire Rhode
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Play 02 Chapter 2 Maire Rhode
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Play 03 Chapter 3 Maire Rhode
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Play 04 Chapter 4 Ralph Snelson
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Play 05 Chapter 5 Maire Rhode
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Play 06 Chapter 6 Bob Sage
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Play 09 Chapter 9 Maire Rhode
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Play 10 Chapter 10 Quentin Manuel
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Play 11 Chapter 11 Maire Rhode
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Play 12 Chapter 12 CalmDragon
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Play 13 Chapter 13 Anna Simon
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Play 14 Chapter 14 Anna Simon
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Play 15 Chapter 15 CalmDragon
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Play 16 Chapter 16 CalmDragon
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Play 17 Chapter 17 Maire Rhode
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Play 18 Chapter 18 Maire Rhode
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Play 19 Chapter 19 Bob Sage
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Play 23 Chapter 23 Bob Sage
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