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By Craig Smith

Born in Minnesota and raised in Chicago, Jenny Vincent used to be proficient at a innovative deepest institution and Vassar collage. brought to foreign people track at an early age, she continues to be a performer and champion of this "music of the people."In 1936, Jenny and her first husband visited northern New Mexico on the invitation of D. H. Lawrence's widow. Enchanted with where and its humans, they bought a ranch that has been Jenny's domestic ever because. Jenny believed strongly in social advocacy, which she expressed via track. She played with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds, and Earl Robinson, all social activists who used tune as a voice for international peace, civil liberties, and human rights.Jenny and her moment husband supported such factors because the Salt of the Earth strike, local American rights, and the emerging Chicano circulate. via all of it Jenny raised a kinfolk and persisted her tune. In her nineties, Jenny maintains appearing, and in 2006 was once commemorated via the collage of recent Mexico and the recent Mexico country ancient maintenance department for her many many years as a fashionable cultural activist.

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Jo has departed for California to see her Bob and then to go into the army,” Jenny wrote her mother in January 1943. “After she has seen Bob she’ll go home to Maine to wait for her call. ” Jenny could not bring herself to tell her parents what had really happened. “My husband began to show signs of excess interest,” she says. “They started an affair right under our noses. ” Whatever words were exchanged, whatever agreements were or were not made, Jenny does not recall. She was humiliated—and outraged.

Perhaps no other decision affecting Jenny’s educational development had a more lasting, positive impact on her life. The school’s cofounder and headmaster, Perry Dunlap Smith, was a protégé of progressive education pioneer Francis W. Parker. He wanted North Shore to offer a curriculum that did not segment student minds into conventional channels but opened them to new Gifts of a Lifetime 3 9 ideas. Smith also advocated community. All students were to be invited to school proms; all students should participate in annual musical productions.

Her response to the landscape matched Lawrence’s of a decade earlier: “For greatness of beauty I have never experienced anything like New Mexico . . the vast amphitheatre of lofty, indomitable desert, sweeping round to the ponderous Sangre de 24 3 three Cristo mountains on the east, and coming flush at the pine-dotted foothills of the Rockies! ” Back east that fall Dan arranged for the Lawrence collection in Zeitlin’s safekeeping to be exhibited at Harvard and for Frieda to give a lecture there at the same time.

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