Theatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America

Theatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America

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John W. Frick
Cambridge University Press, 24/07/2003
EAN 9780521817783, ISBN10: 0521817781

Hardcover, 270 pages, 22.8 x 16 x 2.6 cm

Nineteenth-century America witnessed a full-blown campaign against alcohol and, for most of the century, temperance reform was a national cause. As an integral part of the various temperance movements, a new form of theatrical literature and performance developed, both professional and amateur, to help spread the message. John Frick examines the role of temperance drama in the overall scheme of American nineteenth-century theatre, taking examples from both mainstream productions and amateur theatricals. Frick also compares the American genre to its British counterpart.

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