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|SOUTHEASTERN’S "RELUCTANT AMERICANS” DOCU-DRAMA TO AIR ON WYES SUNDAY
HAMMOND -- "Reluctant Americans:
The West Florida Revolt, Completing the Louisiana Purchase," a docu-drama
film produced by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Center of Southeast
Louisiana Studies, will appear Sunday (April 18) on New Orleans’ WYES public
The film, written by center director
Samuel C. Hyde, Jr. and produced in cooperation with L.E. Wallace Productions,
will air at 7:30 p.m. on WYES (Channel 12).
“‘Reluctant Americans’ traces
the events connected with the bloody rebellion that led to the creation
of the original Lone Star Republic in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana
and that region's eventual annexation by the United States,” Hyde said.
He said the film has been praised for its dramatic explanation of
the events connected to southeastern Louisiana's curious connection with
the Louisiana Purchase.
“It has done much to reveal the
little known aspects of the brief history of the Independent Republic of
West Florida,” Hyde said.
Shot on location in the Florida
Parishes utilizing more than 80 regional actors, the film premiered at
the university’s Columbia Theater for the Performing Arts in Hammond last
September. It then toured the five parishes that contributed to the grant
used to underwrite the project.
For additional information about
“Reluctant Americans,” contact the center at 985-549-2151.