Friendly Persuasion (1956) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitide?

    - Written by Olaf Mertens <olafbahg@w210zrz.zrz.tu-berlin.de>
  • In 1862, in Southern Indiana, the Quakers Jess Birdwell, his wife and Minister Eliza, their teenage son Joshua, their teenage daughter Mattie and their young son Little Jess live a peaceful life in their farm. Eliza opposes to the war and they follow the stringent principles of their religious sect. But when the rebel Southern troops threaten the Birdwell family and their friends and neighbors, Josh decides to go to the front to defend their lands and Jess has to take a position against the principles of the Quakers.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • A Quaker family live a peaceful and productive life in a prosperous Indiana farming community during the Civil War. Jess Birdwell, his wife Eliza and their children live their faith and their beliefs every day. They are friendly, open, honest and welcoming. They live an almost idyllic life. They also preach non-violence and remain neutral as far as the war and fighting goes. They are against slavery but don't feel men should be killed over the issue. Their eldest daughter Mattie is sweet on Gard Jordan who is now a Union Lieutenant but they think no less of him for that. Their peaceful coexistence with the war is tested, along with their faith and their beliefs, when a Confederate army threatens their area.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

    - Written by Anonymous


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