Anthony Stratton stars as Lane rebel James Thome in "Sons & Daughters of Thunder".
James A. Thome took part in the 1834 Lane Seminary debates in Cincinnati, Ohio organized by Theodore Weld on the slavery question, delivering a speech in support of immediatism based on his personal experiences as the son of a Southern slaveholder in Augusta, Kentucky.
Thome left Lane Seminary for Oberlin College along with thirty-one other seminary students (called the "Lane Rebels") and graduated from Oberlin in 1836.
His decision to become an abolitionist put him at odds with his slaveholding father, who initially disowned him. The two of them were later reconciled, and Arthur Thome eventually emancipated his slaves.
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Los Angeles actor Anthony Stratton stars as the iconic Lane rebel James Thome in Sons & Daughters of Thunder--a new film by award-winning Fourth Wall Films, based on the critically-acclaimed play by Earlene Hawley and Curtis Heeter.
Sons & Daughters of Thunder tells the unforgettable true story of the beginning of the end of slavery in America. In 1834, if polite discussions about abolishing slavery were considered inappropriate among Americans in Northern states, then eighteen days of public student-sponsored debates on the divisive subject at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio (a border community) were scandalous. Organized by Theodore Weld, one of the architects of the abolitionist movement, the shocking oratory sparked intense controversy and awakened a young Harriet Beecher (Stowe) to the realities of slavery.
We continue our post-production editing on Thunder and our final fundraising to meet our premiere and DVD release deadline. We greatly acknowledge that the fiscal sponsor for the film project is The Moline Foundation. If you are interested in contributing to the final phase of Thunder and receiving screen credit (deadline for screen credit is November 30, 2018), please click here: SUPPORT THUNDER!
Again, our sincere thanks to everyone who supported the making of this film--our contributors, fiscal sponsors (The Shell Rock Historical Society and the Moline Foundation), the historic sites that welcomed us, our tireless crew and brilliant cast. And, our deep gratitude to Earlene and Kent Hawley. Without them there would be no Thunder.
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