half brothers look so similar as infants that no one can tell them
apart. One, the legitimate son of a rich man, is destined for a life of
comfort, while the other is condemned to be a slave because he is part
black. The mother of the would-be slave is also the nurse of the other;
to give her son the best life possible, she switches the babies. Soon
the boy who is given every advantage becomes spoiled and cruel. He takes
sadistic pleasure in tormenting his half brother. As they grow older,
the townspeople no longer notice that the boys look similar, and they
readily accept that each is born to his station.
A local lawyer, David Wilson, has had a similar experience. On his first
day in the village, he made an odd remark about a dog, and the
townspeople gave him the condescending name “Pudd’nhead.” Although he
was a young, intelligent lawyer, he is unable to live down this name, so
he toils in obscurity for over twenty years. Finally, he is presented
with a complex murder trial—a chance to prove himself to the townspeople
and shake this unjust label. Download and start listening now!