"Whisper Country"
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Air date January 16, 1978
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Written by John Hawkins
Directed by Michael Landon
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Mary gets her first teaching job in the backwoods community of Willow Prairie, but is met with stern, purely hateful opposition by the settlement's leader: an elderly woman who has driven away previous teachers and has thwarted all attempts to establish a school and uses the Bible in a hateful way to back her beliefs.

The father of a student she stays with, a loyal follower to the woman, is just as bad. The woman's adamant beliefs against common things such as reading and cleaning with soap and water are the cover for her own shameful secret: She cannot read. Mary is driven from the community, but after Charles gives her a pep talk, she is able to expose Rachel Peel. Afterward, she learns to accept and embrace education.


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