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Grimke, Angelina W. (1880-1958) Rachel. A play in three acts

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06859 Author/Creator: Grimke, Angelina W. (1880-1958) Place Written: Boston Type: Book Date: 1920 Pagination: 96 p. 18.9 x 12.5 cm

Summary of Content: First play written, produced and acted by African-Americans, attempting to dramatize racial inequities. The program notes call the play "the first attempt to use the stage for race propaganda in order to enlighten the American people relative to the lamentable condition of ten millions of colored citizens in this free republic." Printed by the Cornhill Company. Brown boards. Angelina Weld Grimke was daughter if Archibald Grimke, nephew of the Grimke sisters.

People: Grimké, Angelina Weld, 1880-1958

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: Progressive EraAfrican American AuthorAfrican American HistoryWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryArt, Music, Theater, and FilmJim Crow

Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties

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