Crash Course Theater

Race Melodrama and Minstrel Shows

We’re continuing our discussion of nineteenth-century American theater with a look at some upsetting parts of the US's theatrical past. In the nineteenth century, race and racism contributed to a unique and troubling performance culture, which helped create and spread racist stereotypes that are still with us today.

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Zola, France, Realism, and Naturalism

19th century playwrights remade the French theater – first with Realism, then Naturalism.

North America Gets a Theater...Riot

How did American theater develop after the Revolutionary War?

The Rise of Melodrama

In the 18th century, audiences were ready for some really, really dramatic theater.

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