By John H. Houchin
Arguing that theatrical censorship coincides with major demanding situations to non secular, political and cultural traditions, John Houchin explores its effect on twentieth-century American theatre. in addition to the well known instance of the home Un-American actions Committee within the Nineteen Fifties, different virtually both influential occasions affected the process the yank level throughout the century. After a precis of censorship in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century the United States, Houchin analyzes key political and theatrical occasions among 1900 and 2000.
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They had migrated to the city to ﬁnd work, lived in boarding houses, and gathered together in saloons and theatres. They valued self-help, independence, fairness, generosity, and, most of all, egalitarianism. They vigorously opposed any form of pretense or class distinctions. Theirs was a distinctly masculine culture that deﬁned itself by rowdy behavior. Typically, the B’hoys ran with the ﬁre companies, which by the 1830s had become clubs for young workingmen, and often preferred brawling with other ﬁre companies to extinguishing ﬁres.
85 C EN S O R S H I P O F T H E A M ER I CA N T H E AT R E Thus, censorship of the American theatre began with ﬁats designed to control audiences not actors, and by 1890 American theatre auditoriums had been completely transformed. Audiences were licensed to sit quietly and witness the performance. Any response other than polite applause might be regarded as dangerous and result in eviction. 86 Legislation certainly speeded the gentriﬁcation of theatre. But the process of transforming theatres from sites of male, working-class solidarity into havens of middle-class respectability had commenced before the Civil War.
Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century by John H. Houchin