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"It Was Play or Starve": Acting in the Nineteenth-Century American Popular Theatre
by John Hanners
University of Wisconsin Press, 1993
Paper: 978-0-87972-587-7
Library of Congress Classification PN2245.H36 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.09034

American popular entertainers in the nineteenth century faced physical hardships, prejudices, and cultural barriers. This book examines the fascinating world of these itinerant actors and their experiences with early showboats, frontier theater, minstrelsy, panorama exhibitions, and the circus. Admirable and not-so-admirable characters, who possessed equal amounts of pluck, courage, and naiveté, are contrasted popular cultural tastes

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