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Paul Green Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-112304).

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Green, Paul (17 March 1894–04 May 1981), playwright and champion of human rights, was born Paul Eliot Green on his family’s farm in Harnett County, North Carolina, the son of William A. Green and Bettie Lorine Byrd. The farm lay along the Cape Fear River, and cotton was the principal crop. The Greens also had tobacco acreage, raised hogs commercially, and grew corn for feed. Usually three or four black tenant families helped with the farm, and Paul’s closest childhood friend was a tenant boy. When the boy died, Paul felt it like a death in the family but realized that his father looked on the death as merely the loss of useful farm labor. Awareness of this difference between himself and his father was an early step in the development of his identity....

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MacKaye, Hazel (24 August 1880–12 August 1944), women's rights activist and writer and director of pageants, women’s rights activist and writer and director of pageants, was born in New York City, the daughter of James Morrison Steele MacKaye, a playwright and theatrical innovator, and Mary Medbery, a writer and actress. Her brothers Benton, Robert, and ...