Account of the Terrific and Fatal Riot at the New-York Astor Place Opera House, with contemporary newspaper accounts

Account of the Terrific and Fatal Riot at the New-York Astor Place Opera House, with contemporary newspaper accounts

by Pat Pflieger, H. M. Ranney

NOOK Book(eBook)

$2.99

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now
LEND ME® See Details

Overview

On May 10, 1849, the Astor Place Riot set New Yorkers against each other and the police. At least 30 died, and scores more were injured. Apparently precipitated by a rivalry between actors Edwin Forrest and William Macready, the riot was built less on their rivalry than it was on a greater rivalry between the U. S. and England.

Forrest and Macready were the reigning tragedians in their respective countries: Forrest in the U. S. and Macready in England. Each could be difficult; according to a popular comedian who worked with both men, they were volatile, with tempers that could flare quickly.

Macready may have begun it in 1827, making a remark seemingly derogatory to the U. S. when stage business went wrong during a performance in Baltimore. Forrest flared up when his British performances in the early 1840s were met with stinging criticism from a critic who Forrest assumed was influenced by Macready. So, when Forrest hissed Macready during a performance of "Hamlet," the feud was on.

Macready's tour of the U. S. in 1848 and 1849 provided Forrest an opportunity to play up the rivalry between actors and nations. What no one anticipated was a riot inside and outside of the Astor Place Opera House--a riot that ended with the Opera House in shambles, dozens injured, and at least 30 dead.

"Account of the Terrific and Fatal Riot at the New-York Astor Place Opera House" is a slightly tabloid-y investigation into what happened on May 10, 1849. It's vivid, slightly turgid, and unapologetically pro-Forrest.

Included in this edition are transcriptions of more than 80 contemporary news articles chronicling the riot and events leading up to it.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157178642
Publisher: merrycoz books
Publication date: 01/19/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Pat Pflieger received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of A Reference Guide to Modern Fantasy for Children (Greenwood Press) and a book on Beverly Cleary (Twayne Publishers). Her research on early American periodicals for children appears on her website at merrycoz.org.

Customer Reviews