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Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection

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A dramatic anthology featuring works by American writers such as Langston Hughes, Thornton Wilder and Willa Cather; and Puerto Rican migrant Esmeralda Santiago, whose memoirs `Almost a Woman' earned the series a Peabody Award in 2003. The occasionally airi (more…)

Premiered: October 25, 2000

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Season 1, Episode 1 Cora Unashamed

First Aired: October 25, 2000

A stately adaptation of Langston Hughes' short story "Cora Unashamed" stars Regina Taylor as maid Cora Jenkins, the only African-American in the small Iowa town of Melton. Cora's proper and stern employer (Cherry Jones) is constantly bullying everyone, especially her emotionally fragile and intellectually slow daughter, Jessie. Cora's appalled, but she couldn't possibly speak out. Or could she? Jessie (age 18): Ellen Muth. Jessie (age 5): Molly Graham. Arthur: Michael Gaston.