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Riots
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0530  Thursday, 25 March 1999.

From:           Daniel Traister <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Mar 1999 09:59:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Riots

>From *The New York Times* (Wednesday, 24 March 1999):

Bad Old Days

Lest anyone think that New York of 150 years ago was a peaceful
community of genteel manners, muted passions and restrained law
enforcement, a sharp reminder to the contrary will be offered beginning
Saturday at the Museum of the City of New York. Behind the chaos that
left more than 20 dead was a personal feud between two of the finest
Shakespearean actors of the time, the Englishman William Macready and
the American Edwin Forrest. Bad blood between the actors as well as
class antagonism and anti-British sentiment drew 10,000 people to the
Astor Place Opera House on May 10, 1849, to protest Macready's
appearance in "Macbeth." Riot and death ensued as troops fired into the
mob. Continuing through Oct.  24, "The Astor Place Riot: Looking Back
150 Years" explores the causes of the chaos as well as the social milieu
of New York in the mid-1800's.
 

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