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ISBN:0814747930
Author: Cynthia A. Kierner
ISBN13: 978-0814747933
Title: The Contrast: Manners, Morals, and Authority in the Early American Republic
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Language: English
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Publisher: NYU Press; annotated edition edition (April 1, 2007)
Pages: 147

The Contrast: Manners, Morals, and Authority in the Early American Republic by Cynthia A. Kierner



a NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS New York and London. Advertisement for The Contrast, 1787. This brief notice first appeared in New York’s Daily Advertiser on 14 April 1787. Identifying the author simply as a CITIZEN of the United States signaled the play’s potential appeal to nationalists who championed American arts and literature in the post-revolutionary era. Confederation government lacked the power both to tax and to enforce laws-both of which remained the exclusive domains of the sovereign states-and consequently was unable to repay debts, negotiate credibly with foreign nations, or protect and promote American trade and commerce.

The Contrast, which premiered at New York City's John Street Theater in 1787, was the first American play performed in public by a professional theater company. The play, written by New England-born, Harvard-educated, Royall Tyler was timely, funny, and extremely popular.

Contents Illustrations Preface 1. Introduction 1 2. The Contrast 56 Royall Tyler 3. Primary Documents 165 A. Arts and Literature in Post-Revolutionary America 165 1. The Former, Present, and Future Prospects of America (1786) 165 2. The Dabblers (1788) 167 Discussion Questions 169 B. Virtues and Vices of the Theater 170 1. Effects of the Stage on the Manners of a People.

The Contrast: Manners, Morals, and Authority in the Early American Republic (2007). Scandal at Bizarre: Rumor and Reputation in Jefferson’s America (2004). Revolutionary America, 1750-1815: Sources and Interpretation(2002). The dark and dense cloud perpetually lowering over us’: Gender and the Decline of the Gentry in Postrevolutionary Virginia, Journal of the Early Republic (2000). Beyond the Household: Women's Place in the Early South, 1700-1835 (1998). Southern Women in Revolution, 1776-1800: Personal and Political Narratives (1998).

The Contrast has long held a place of historical significance as the first professionally produced play penned by a native-born American citizen. Beginning with a historical overview of the young nation in the late 1780s, Kierner moves briskly from George Washington and Shays’ Rebellion to frame several of the looming questions of identity facing Americans, all of which revolve around the negotiations of politics and culture relative to Europe. Kierner addresses these questions through the lenses of gender, education, art, morality, and national identity formation.

Reprinted here with annotated footnotes by historian Cynthia A. Kierner, Tyler’s play explores the debate over manners, morals, and cultural authority in the decades following American Revolution.

Enter Cynthia A. Kierner's library and read online all his/her books. Cynthia A. Kierner is professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the author of Scandal at Bizarre: Rumor and Reputation in Jefferson's America and Revolutionary America: Sources and Interpretation. Book added to the bookshelf. The Contrast - Manners Morals and Authority in the Early American Republic.

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“The Contrast“, which premiered at New York City's John Street Theater in 1787, was the first American play performed in public by a professional theater company. The play, written by New England-born, Harvard-educated, Royall Tyler was timely, funny, and extremely popular. When the play appeared in print in 1790, George Washington himself appeared at the head of its list of hundreds of subscribers.

Reprinted here with annotated footnotes by historian Cynthia A. Kierner, Tyler’s play explores the debate over manners, morals, and cultural authority in the decades following American Revolution. Did the American colonists' rejection of monarchy in 1776 mean they should abolish all European social traditions and hierarchies? What sorts of etiquette, amusements, and fashions were appropriate and beneficial? Most important, to be a nation, did Americans need to distinguish themselves from Europeans—and, if so, how?

Tyler was not the only American pondering these questions, and Kierner situates the play in its broader historical and cultural contexts. An extensive introduction provides readers with a background on life and politics in the United States in 1787, when Americans were in the midst of nation-building. The book also features a section with selections from contemporary letters, essays, novels, conduct books, and public documents, which debate issues of the era.

Reviews: 3
Balladolbine
Very good illustrations and openness to ideas.
Vijora
The play, The Contrast, is available online for free, but this edition provides excellent context for its historical significance. In her introduction, Kierner provides useful and succinct background material. After the play, she offers thought-provoking prompts for student essays and discussions. The Contrast itself is a wonderful play that provides students with a window into the meaning of the American Revolution for Americans at the time. Kierner's edition gives to teachers and students an opportunity to get the most out of this delightful play.
Dorizius
I received this book the fastest out of all my other books ordered. The book had some writing in it but i didnt mind the extra notes.