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.
The book also features a section with selections from contemporary letters, essays, novels, conduct books, and public documents, which debate issues of the era. Download. Download Free Books Downloader.