"It was Play Or Starve": Acting in the Nineteenth Century American Popular Theatre

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Popular Press, 1993 - Performing Arts - 163 pages
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 naivet , are contrasted popular cultural tastes
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Child Prodigies Museums
55
Banvards Museum and Theatre Broadway
69
The Professional
97
The Circus Grifter
131
Notes
147
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