The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

Viola Davis, who is receiving early accolades for her role in The Help, has picked up the rights to “The Personal History of Rachel DuPree” written by Ann Weisgarber.

Description from The Playlist:
The story follows the titular Rachel, who falls for the son of a boardinghouse owner who agrees to marry her on one condition: she must give up her 160 acres from the Homestead Act so he can double his spread. Fast forward to 1917 and living with her husband on a ranch in the west—as one of the few black families in the area—a pregnant Rachel struggles to keep her family fed while her proud husband refuses to move from the land, which is a source of a pride, to better care for her and her children.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't get into the book and quit about halfway through, but I am interested in seeing what Davis does with it. African American homesteaders/in the west is a sadly neglected film subject, and Davis is a wonderful actress (assuming she is also planning to star in it).

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