Music: Scott Joplin: From Rags to Opera

Found beneath a sacred tree, destined to lead her people, the baby girl enters the world like a new Moses. Raised on an Arkansas plantation by the freed slaves Ned and his wife Monisha, she is given the name Treemonisha because she likes to play under the tree. Except for Ned and Monisha, the farm hands are deeply superstitious and tremble when the conjurer Zodzetrick, known as the "goofer dus' man, "comes around with his bags o' luck. Ned and Monisha hope that Treemonisha will grow up to lead the people away from the...

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