Pete and Toshi were married 6 years before Rodgers and Hammerstein jeopardized the production of “South Pacific” by insisting on including the lyrics “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear/You’ve got to be taught from year to year/It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear/You’ve got to be carefully taught.”

It was WWII, she was a Japanese-American who was born in Germany. They went on to be partners for 70 years, loving each other. When the world threw rocks at them, they took some of those rocks home, and they used them to build the hearth of their cabin.

“Old Devil Hate, I knew you long ago
before I found the poison in your breath!
When I hear your lies, my lovers gather round,
and we rise to fight you one more time.”
-Pete Seeger

Author: Kevin

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