An American Bohemian, Incriminating an Injustice, and Hopeful of a History: Readex Report (March 2018)
Robert Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor, English Department, John Jay College (CUNY)
Thomas Hamblin (1800-1853) was arguably the most influential—and contradictory—figure in antebellum U.S. theater. An English actor and manager, he became synonymous with American working-class nativist culture. He transformed New York City’s Bowery Theatre from a failed venue for refined drama to what became known as “The House of Blood and Thunder.” Hamblin excelled at producing successful melodramas, tragedies, and farces... > Full Story
Benjamin Fagan, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Auburn University
In the fall of 1836, a fastidiously well-dressed New Yorker was elected President of the United States. One year later, the country was in the midst of a devastating economic depression, the forced removal of Native Americans from the southeastern states was in full swing, and the regime of slavery seemed more secure than ever. On November 4, 1837, the Colored American, a black newspaper based in New York City, weighed in on the political state of the country... > Full Story
Michael Hattem, The New-York Historical Society and Lang College at The New School
Historical writing in the eighteenth century has not received much attention from scholars of the period in recent years. Nevertheless, the long revolutionary era witnessed an unprecedented explosion of historical cultural production, both in the form of traditional histories and in other emerging cultural forms such as early American poetry, fiction, and art. Before the Revolution, there was as yet no sense of a shared “American” or “colonial” history... > Full Story
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