Jesse Hallam, an illiterate coal miner from Kentucky, moves to Cincinnati so that his daughter may receive spinal surgery. Determined to support his family in the city, he decides he must learn how to read and write as an adult, and resolves to graduate from high school.
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[Mr. Parker tries to restore order in the remedial reading class, which is near pandemonium
Would you please turn off that radio and take your seats?
[Jesse gets up and sits each student down himself, grabs the radio and shuts it off. After everyone is quiet, he turns to address the class
You want to do what I've been doin' all my life - runnin' away from words? Well, that's up to you, but you got to know... it's a poverty trade. And right here and now you could be diggin' youself a hole in the...
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Written by John Prine See more