In this Book

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Based on a vast amount of archival research, Adrienne Macki Braconi’s illuminating study of three important community-based theaters in Harlem shows how their work was essential to the formation of a public identity for African Americans and the articulation of their goals, laying the groundwork for the emergence of the Civil Rights movement. Macki Braconi uses textual analysis, performance reconstruction, and audience reception to examine the complex dynamics of productions by the Krigwa Players, the Harlem Experimental Theatre, and the Negro Theatre of the Federal Theatre Project. Even as these theaters demonstrated the extraordinary power of activist art, they also revealed its limits. The stage was a site in which ideological and class differences played out, theater being both a force for change and a collision of contradictory agendas. Macki Braconi’s book alters our understanding of the Harlem Renaissance, the roots of the Civil Rights movement, and the history of community theater in America.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: “Parent to Hope”
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. Part I. 1923–1928
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Chapter 1. Constructing Racial Uplift, Class, and Propaganda
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. Chapter 2. Constituting Community
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. Part II. 1929–1934
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. Chapter 3. Staging Sacred and Secular Experiments
  2. pp. 65-92
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  1. Chapter 4. Per/(re)forming the Community
  2. pp. 93-110
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  1. Part III. 1935–1939
  2. pp. 111-112
  1. Chapter 5. Re-visioning the Community
  2. pp. 113-138
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  1. Chapter 6. Playing with History, Signs, and Fables
  2. pp. 139-166
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 173-228
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 229-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-267
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810132269
Related ISBN
9780810132245
MARC Record
OCLC
927446610
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2015-11-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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