Manuscript Group 1239, Thomas Dunn English (1819 – 1902) Author, Playwright


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ENGLISH, THOMAS DUNN, (1819-1902), author, playwright

“Newark in 1978: A Hundred Years Hence.” 1878. 46


Unpublished play in which Dunn explores the impact of the women’s
movement on American society.  The play’s protagonist, Frank
Fairleigh is transported 100 years into the future and finds that
the male-female roles he once knew are now reversed.  Women
are vulgar and profane, fight in the army, and run for political
office,  Men are cooks, but occasionally speak out on men’s
rights. This play explores many of the important issues of 1878
including women’s rights, corrupt New Jersey politics, and




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