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Radical Black Theatre in the New Deal

Kate Dossett


Between 1935 and 1939, the United States government paid out-of-work artists to write, act, and stage theatre as part of the Federal Theatre Project (FTP), a New Deal job relief program. In segregated “Negro Units” set up under the FTP, African American artists took on theatre work usually reserved for whites, staged Black versions of “white” classics, and developed radical new dramas. In this fresh history of the FTP Negro Units, Kate Dossett examines what she calls the Black performance community—a broad network of actors, dramatists, audiences, critics, and community activists—who made and ... More

Keywords: Black Theatre, Black performance, Black culture, Radical theatre, New Deal, Federal Theatre Project, African American, Black Performance Community, Theatre manuscripts, Negro Units

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469654423
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Dossett, author
University of Leeds