The Development of American Identity Defined by the Outsider in the American Musical Theatre

7 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2016

Date Written: January 10, 2016

Abstract

The American Musical Theatre has been a vehicle for immigrants and other “outsiders” to create a vision of “American” and the “American Dream” of which they, themselves could partake. This impulse existed in the early American musicals by Irish and German immigrants through the 20th century when the American musical theatre was predominantly the territory of Eastern European Jewish-American immigrants.

Keywords: American musical theatre, Popular culture, German, Irish, Jewish

JEL Classification: B13, B24, Z00, Z10

Suggested Citation

Hurwitz, Nathan, The Development of American Identity Defined by the Outsider in the American Musical Theatre (January 10, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2713466 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2713466

Nathan Hurwitz (Contact Author)

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