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The Resource Living with lynching : African American lynching plays, performance, and citizenship, 1890-1930, Koritha Mitchell

Living with lynching : African American lynching plays, performance, and citizenship, 1890-1930, Koritha Mitchell

Label
Living with lynching : African American lynching plays, performance, and citizenship, 1890-1930
Title
Living with lynching
Title remainder
African American lynching plays, performance, and citizenship, 1890-1930
Statement of responsibility
Koritha Mitchell
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 demonstrates that popular lynching plays were mechanisms through which African American communities survived actual and photographic mob violence. Often available in periodicals, lynching plays were read aloud or acted out by black church members, schoolchildren, and families. Koritha Mitchell shows that African Americans performed and read the scripts in community settings to certify to each other that lynch victims were not the isolated brutes that dominant discourses made them out to be. Instead, the play scripts often described victims as honorable heads of household being torn from model domestic units by white violence. In closely analyzing the political and spiritual uses of black theatre during the Progressive Era, Mitchell demonstrates that audiences were shown affective ties in black families, a subject often erased in mainstream images of African Americans. Examining lynching plays as archival texts that embody and reflect broad networks of sociocultural activism and exchange in the lives of black Americans, Mitchell finds that audiences were rehearsing and improvising new ways of enduring in the face of widespread racial terrorism. Images of the black soldier, lawyer, mother, and wife helped readers assure each other that they were upstanding individuals who deserved the right to participate in national culture and politics. These powerful community coping efforts helped African Americans band together and withstand the nation's rejection of them as viable citizens."--book jacket
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Mitchell, Koritha
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS338.N4
LC item number
M455 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The new black studies series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American drama
  • American drama
  • American drama
  • One-act plays, American
  • Lynching in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Violence in literature
  • Citizenship in literature
Label
Living with lynching : African American lynching plays, performance, and citizenship, 1890-1930, Koritha Mitchell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-242) and index
Contents
Making lynching drama and its contributions legible. Scenes and scenarios : reading aright -- Redefining "black theater" -- Developing a genre, asserting black citizenship. The black soldier : elevating community conversation -- The black lawyer : preserving testimony -- The black mother/wife : negotiating trauma -- The pimp and coward : offering gendered revisions
Control code
714505165
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 251 p.
Isbn
9780252036491
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2011014508
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)714505165
Label
Living with lynching : African American lynching plays, performance, and citizenship, 1890-1930, Koritha Mitchell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-242) and index
Contents
Making lynching drama and its contributions legible. Scenes and scenarios : reading aright -- Redefining "black theater" -- Developing a genre, asserting black citizenship. The black soldier : elevating community conversation -- The black lawyer : preserving testimony -- The black mother/wife : negotiating trauma -- The pimp and coward : offering gendered revisions
Control code
714505165
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 251 p.
Isbn
9780252036491
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2011014508
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)714505165

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