Little House on the Prairie: Season 3, Episode 18

The Wisdom of Solomon (7 Mar. 1977)

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Yearning to escape the hard life that sent his father to an early grave, the young son of poor, black Mississippi sharecroppers makes his way to Walnut Grove and offers to sell himself to the Ingalls' family in exchange for an education.

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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Solomon Henry
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Jackson Henry
Frederic Downs ...
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Don Pedro Colley ...
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Russ Marin ...
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Yearning to escape the hard life that sent his father to an early grave, the young son of poor, black Mississippi sharecroppers makes his way to Walnut Grove and offers to sell himself to the Ingalls' family in exchange for an education.

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Solomon Henry: If I have to be what the white folks want me to be, than I'm a slave as much as Papa was.
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7 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty sad story about the truth of black people back in the 1800's. From history we know that even fifty years ago things were still pretty intense in some places (like my home state of Arkansas), yet when we watch this the treatment of blacks even AFTER slavery was outlaws seems so harsh.

Solomon is a young boy stuck in the harsh reality of a world that that was accepting blacks could not be slaves, but they weren't free to do whatever they wanted. Solomon couldn't accept the fact and decided to run away and get the life he wanted. Unfortunately, what he learned was reality. He went to school for a time under the care of Charles Ingalls. He learned to read and white, but he also learned that he could not be a doctor or someone of importance. The place his family told him was for him - the farm - was the only place he could be.

Sometimes these shows ended well, but this one didn't end with some magical solution to the problem. Instead, Solomon accepted the harsh truth - the world was just not ready for him yet...


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