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date: 25 March 2019

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This essay examines the history of drama and theater during the American Revolution. It suggests that politics dominate the dramatic theme during this period, particularly in such works as Mercy Otis Warren’s propaganda play The Blockheads, John Leacock’s patriotic tragedy The Fall of British Tyranny; or, American Liberty Triumphant, and Hugh Henry Brackenridge’s comedy The Death of General Montgomery. This essay suggests that despite the diverse political opinions expressed by the characters of Revolutionary dramas, taken as a group these plays display a common concern with the shared or collective memories of both metropolitan and colonial Britons in the eighteenth century.

Keywords: history, drama, theater, American Revolution, Mercy Otis Warren, The Blockheads, John Leacock, The Fall of British Tyranny, American Liberty Triumphant, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, The Death of General Montgomery

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