Everything you need to understand or teach Flyin' West by Pearl Cleage.
Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West is the story of a small group of African-American women whose lives changed when the West was opened up for people willing to settle in a harsh and untested region. The backgrounds, actions, and feelings of the play's four women and two men reflect themes of determination, racism, miscegenation (intermarriage between races), feminism, pride, and freedom. These themes are evident in much of Cleage's work, which includes plays, novels, and essays.
Flyin' West was published in 1995 by Dramatists Play Service but was performed in Atlanta prior to publication. The play was originally commissioned in 1992 by the Alliance Theatre Company and was produced with the support of AT&T and the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund Resident Theatre Initiative. Critical response was favorable, and audiences were pleasantly surprised at the play's bold content. Besides portraying strong black women in late nineteenth-century America, the play serves...
Flyin' West Lesson Plans contain 136 pages of teaching material, including: