Much of the central conflict in "Taft" concerns parents' anxiety surrounding their children. Have students in class interview either their own or someone else's parents about the anxiety they felt when having children. What did thy fear they would mess up? What joys and challenges did they experience?
Taft of an Earlier Age
The narrative of "Taft" is compelling in part because it is told in the present day, with the ghost of Jim Crow fading. As a class, discuss how this narrative would be different if it were set in 1955. Would Fay ever meet John? Would John have lost custody of Franklin? Would he run a business?
The narrative of "Taft" is interestingly structured; it is not told in chronological order. Rather, its narrative makes poetic sense as a opposed to linear sense. As a class, what clips form films...
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