Material pertaining to political influences on the American theatre remains largely unstudied and in need of systematic scholarly investigation. This bibliography assists and promotes research on how the theatre was used to teach, persuade, and proselytize for propagandistic and political ends. Its entries guide users to many rich but overlooked areas of investigation. It will interest serious scholars in the fields of theatre history, American literature, American studies, American history, and popular culture, sociology, and labor history. Readers are led to material and urged to initiate studies on topics ranging from plays classified as Marxist, communist, didactic, or proletarian, to plays produced by the labor colleges in the 20s and 30s. This bibliography is an important resource in the renewal of interest in indigenous American political drama.
Susan Duffy is an associate professor of Speech Communication at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Her publications include Shirley Chrisholm: A Bibliography of Writings by and About Her (Scarecrow, 1988) and Mortality and Conviction in American Politics: A Reader. Her articles appear in such journals as Theatre History Studies, Essays in Theatre, Journal of American Culture, and Communication Education, and in such books as American Orators of the Twentieth Century: Critical Studies and Sources, The Critical Survey of Drama: English Language Series, and The Encyclopedia of United States Court Cases 1640-1990.