Panel Presents “Performing Antebellum Charleston: Racial Theatrics in the Holy City”

Join us Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 6PM at the McKinley Washington Auditorium at the Avery Research Center for a panel discussion considering representations of race and slavery in Charleston, South Carolina’s literary and theater culture in the early 1800s. Scholars Jacob Crane (Bentley University), Douglas Jones (Rutgers University), and Radiclani Clytus (Brown University) will examine works by Mordecai Manuel Noah, Sarah Pogson, and Harriet Martineau to consider how these playwrights and journalists influenced antebellum popular culture—locally, nationally, and across the Atlantic— through their depictions of African American life as well as Jewish identity in Charleston. Panelists will explore Charleston as an actual site of performance, and as an imagined setting for staging popular beliefs about slavery and race in the early republic. Heather Nathans, chair of the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts University and author of Slavery and Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861 (2009), will serve as chair for this panel.

This event is co-sponsored by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston.