Theatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America (Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama)
John W. FrickISBN: 0521817781; 9780521817783;
Book DescriptionJohn Frick examines the role of temperance drama in the overall scheme of American nineteenth-century theatre, using examples from mainstream productions and amateur theatricals. Nineteenth-century America witnessed a major movement against alcohol consumption when the temperance cause became one of national concern. As part of the temperance movement, a new genre of theatrical literature and performance developed, professional as well as amateur, to help publicize its beliefs. Frick alsocompares the American genre to its British counterpart.