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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay examines the history of ethnic representation in the American theater. It highlights the proliferation of Native American, Irish, German, and Jewish characters between the Revolution and the Civil War, and it also considers the emergence of other stereotypes such as the stage Yankee. The essay showcases the ways in which shifting political and social trends shaped the formation of ethnic types in the playhouse, and the ways in which those representations were keyed to emerging definitions of American national identity.

Keywords: ethnic representation, American theater, ethnic groups, Americanness, national identity, stereotypes

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