Circuit Chautauqua: From Rural Education to Popular Entertainment in Early Twentieth Century America

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1997 - Performing Arts - 232 pages
An overview of the lyceum and of adult education in 19th century America is followed by an examination of the rise of the circuit chautauqua, or traveling education and entertainment shows, from its standardization and commercialization to the specific jobs involved. Its popularity during the 1920s is detailed as is its demise, brought on by the Great Depression and the rise of the film industry.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Robert A McCown
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ADULT EDUCATION IN NINETEENTHCENTURY AMERICA
11
THE MOVEMENT TOWARD STANDARDIZATION
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BEGINNINGS IN RURAL AMERICA
48
THE MOVEMENT INTO THE NATIONAL
78
FROM The HAND
146
THE JUBILEE YEAR AND THE VESTIGES OF HOPE
178
CIRCUIT CHAUTAUQUA AS AN AGENT OF SOCIAL
205
Selected Bibliography
215
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