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Published to coincide with the centenary of the founding of the Actors' Equity Association in 1913, Weavers of Dreams, Unite! explores the history of actors' unionism in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the onset of the Great Depression. Drawing upon hitherto untapped archival resources in New York and Los Angeles, Sean P. Holmes documents how American stage actors used trade unionism to construct for themselves an occupational identity that foregrounded both their artistry and their respectability. In the process, he paints a vivid picture of life on the theatrical shop floor in an era in which economic, cultural, and technological changes were transforming the nature of acting as work. The engaging study offers important insights into the nature of cultural production in the early twentieth century, the role of class in the construction of cultural hierarchy, and the special problems that unionization posed for workers in the commercial entertainment industry.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Weavers of Dreams, Unite!
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. The Great Text in Our Economy Today: The American Theater in an Age of Organization
  2. pp. 11-32
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  1. 2. The Sock and Buskin or the Artisan's Biretta: Reconciling Art and Labor in the Actors' Equity Association, 1913–1919
  2. pp. 33-57
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  1. 3. All the World's a Stage!: The Actors' Strike of 1919
  2. pp. 58-86
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  1. 4. Protecting the High-Minded Actor and the High-Minded Manager in Equal Part: Occupational Unionism in the American Theater Industry, 1919–1929
  2. pp. 87-118
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  1. 5. For the Dignity and Honor of the Theatrical Profession: Respectability and Unrespectability in the Actors’ Equity Association, 1919–1929
  2. pp. 119-140
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  1. 6. Ain't No Peace in the Family Now: The Actors' Equity Association and the Movies, 1919-1929
  2. pp. 141-172
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 173-178
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 190-195
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-222
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  1. About the Author, Production Notes, Back Cover
  2. pp. 240-242
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252094682
Related ISBN
9780252037481
MARC Record
OCLC
867739457
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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