Bess is the narrator for "Spirit of 1776" suffrage storytelling. She tells us about how Wilmer Kearns is winning over her best friend, Edna May Buckman, with his storytelling. When the series began, Edna and Bess were determined to remain single because they didn't want to lose their freedom through marriage. At the turn of the 20th century, women had few rights.
Edna believed that women voting would change the situation dramatically. But Bess didn't agree. The two friends argued because Edna still believed that freedom and a family were possible with the right partner. But it's questionable if Wilmer Kearns will be the right person. He's fallen head over heels with Edna. And he's wearing down Edna's resolve with his storytelling. Will he succeed?
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