Trial: Nineteenth-Century America Drama: Popular Culture and Entertainment, 1820–1900

The Nineteenth-Century America Drama database holds more than 4700 plays published in the United States during the 1800s and includes a wide variety of works such as historical plays, melodramas, political satires, minstrel shows, comic operas, musical extravaganzas, parlor entertainments, adaptations of novels, and many others.

This unique and authoritative collection of America’s most popular entertainment form opens a door on U.S. culture that has been closed until now due to the challenge of access. The wide-ranging materials in Nineteenth-Century American Drama will shed light on areas of study generally supported to this point only by imprints and newspapers: daily life in the United States; politics, both local and national; culture in all of its forms; and the shifting and evolving tastes of Americans from across the country.

The trial is active between the 11th of July and the 17th of August 2018 and can be accessed here.

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