Excerpts from Through Martha's Eyes

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1. EXT KANSAS COUNTRYSIDE LATE AFTERNOON
WE see hills and open prairie in the rosy late afternoon.
TITLE:
Kansas Territory
May, 1856
A wagon appears on the horizon.
CAMERA moves in more closely on the wagon.
We see two well-fed middle-aged Southern white men riding in the front seat: REVEREND THOMAS JOHNSON and JUDGE RUSH ELMORE. In the back of the wagon are provisions--sacks of sugar, coffee, tea, etc. Sitting in the midst of the supplies is a 15-year-old black girl, her wrists tied to the wagon. A closer look shows that the girl?s face is suppressing a grin.
V.O. MARTHA
Mr. Reverend done put down eight hundred dollar for me an' my heart be a-smilin'. Ah done heard 'bout these ablishnull preachers payin' money for us Negroes and then settin' us free and shore 'nuff, here's one takin' me to the promised land. No more slave cabin! No more lashes on the back! Oh, Ah be quiet-like on the outside but all Hallelujah on the inside.

We can hear fiddle music playing in the distance. Through the open windows of the big house, we can see gentlemen and ladies dancing.
29. CLEARING ON A HILLTOP NIGHT
MARTHA and JOHN dance together, imitating the white gentlemen and ladies' dance, a kind of mock minuet or Virginia reel.
JOHN
Ah think it be like so.
Demonstrates, moves her around a little. MARTHA giggles.
MARTHA
No, no. They go this way and then this way.
Demonstrates. THEY both laugh.
MARTHA
Y'know what? My mama and daddy dance more like this.
SHE snaps her fingers to start up the rhythm. SHE claps her hands and HE joins in. SHE moves around, at first tentatively, then proudly. JOHN strums the rhythms on his bag, simulating a drum.
MARTHA
C'mon. C'mon, on your feet!
THEY dance together. We watch them be together, happy. HE holds her at the end of the song.
JOHN
Don't forget. Don't ever forget to dance like yer own people.

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