ABOUT THE BOOK
THE 1862 MASS EXECUTION OF THIRTY-EIGHT DAKOTA SIOUX NIGHTLY HAUNTS MARY TODD LINCOLN, INSTITUTIONALIZED AND ALONE WITH HER GHOSTS.
May 1875: Mary Todd Lincoln is addicted to opiates and tried in a Chicago court on charges of insanity. Entered into evidence is Ms. Lincoln’s claim that every night a Savage Indian enters her bedroom and slashes her face and scalp. She is swiftly committed to Bellevue Place Sanitarium. Her hauntings may be a reminder that in 1862, President Lincoln ordered the hanging of thirty-eight Dakotas in the largest mass execution in United States history. No one has ever linked the two events—until now. Savage Conversations is a daring account of a former first lady and the ghosts that tormented her for the continuous contradictions and violent crimes on which this nation is founded.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LeAnne Howe (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a poet, fiction writer, playwright, and filmmaker. Her most recent book, Choctalking on Other Realities, won the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. She is the Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature in English at the University of Georgia, Athens.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Basement Readers Theater engages with contemporary dramatic works through some low-key performance—without movement, sets, or costume—and conversation. Each meeting will begin with a reading of the selected text; everyone is welcome to read and anyone is welcome to join us as an audience. A discussion will follow.
May 1875: Mary Todd Lincoln is addicted to opiates and tried in a Chicago court on charges of insanity. Entered into evidence is Ms. Lincoln's claim that every night a Savage Indian enters her bedroom and slashes her face and scalp. She is swiftly committed to Bellevue Place Sanitarium.