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From the Publisher"From minstrelsy to open propaganda from both sides of the abolition debate the author introduces the reader to a stunning kaleidoscope of Black characters and their varying functions in the respective plays....The author has to be applauded first and foremost for keeping the scope of her study wide and also presenting plays and developments from the pro-slavery faction...Slavery and Sentiment on the American Stage 1787-1861 by Heather S. Nathans is an achievement which should not be underestimated...a volume which satisfies the reader interested in the history of slavery in the US just as well as the reader focusing on the history of drama. The in-depth outline of the history of the politics of slavery make the book a compendium which can impressively shed light on the developments that – after all – led to a war which the United States has up to our days not forgotten and which has an impact on modern relations within the Union...More work of this academic density is definitely desired in this field."
-Michael Heinze, TheaterForschung
"..the book is certainly essential to the understanding of the early American stage."
-JUDIE NEWMAN, Journal of American Studies