Little Tears on the Prairie: “The Wisdom of Solomon”

Oy, this one is a doozy.  A little black boy named Solomon (played by the inimitable Todd Bridges of “Diff’rent Strokes” fame) encounters the kind and generous Pa in The City (Mankato, MN), while Pa is picking up a load of lumber.  Solomon has run away from his   home because he is determined to get an education and no one at home will let him (remember, the show is set in the late 1800’s).

Solomon stows away on Pa’s wagon and offers himself as a slave to the Ingalls family for the price of a couple books–all he wants to do is learn to read and write.  That’s the first point where you’ll want to cry.  But oh man, just wait.

They get Solomon into school in Walnut Grove, and on his first day Miss Beadle is asking the class their likes and dislikes.  She asks Solomon what he dislikes and he says, “Being a n**ger.”  Just try not to cry at that.  Just try!  Yikes.

Well, it goes on from there.  In true LHOTP fashion, you’re dragged through the emotional trenches all the way up until the end, where there is victory and redemption.  LHOTP rules. 

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~ by lewdandlascivious on February 21, 2007.

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