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Called to Greatness: Edna Baldwin, Playwright and Peacemaker

Born in 1900 in suburban Chicago, Edna Aikin Baldwin rose to heights of scholarship, dramatic stage production, social advocacy, and world travel uncommon for women of her time. Her play, Ba Thane, was published in 1931 and was based on her work in Burma during the 1920s. In 1932, she produced an outdoor extravaganza in Rangoon that was attended by nearly eighteen thousand people. She returned to the United States in 1933 and became the co-founder of one of the nation's first intercultural peace organizations.

This work is the recipient of the 2015 Mayborn Fellowship in Biography.