04-10-08 The Making of High Culture in 19th Century America

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The Making of High Culture in 19 th Century America I. Intro The lecture will focus on the entertainment in the 19 th century. The high culture of America came into its form in the 19 th century. This time period was bad for the slaves in the south and in the north. II. Shakespeare in the US before the Civil War Back in this time, out of 50 or 60 “free” (non-enslaved) people during this time, everyone would’ve known Shakespeare very well. Shakespeare was enormously popular and not just among urban elites. Shakespeare was considered good for you but also fun. The Shakespearian plays were often double featured; meaning in between the plays there would be performances of an acrobat or a juggler. Audience was very familiar and engaged in Shakespearian plays. What made the Shakespearian plays gravitate the common people? Shakespearian plays were printed in cheap books; the explosion of entertainment, businessmen (entrepreneur built more theaters and printer newspapers) wanted to draw more audience. By 1850s theaters were attended by everyone except prostitutes. Stage-sets were becoming more and more sophisticated.
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