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The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello$
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Lindsey R. Swindall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738247

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.001.0001

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Robeson’s Othello on Broadway

Robeson’s Othello on Broadway

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The Politics of Paul Robeson's Othello
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Lindsey R. Swindall

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738247.003.0005

This chapter examines the significance of Robeson’s historic portrayal of Othello on the Broadway stage during World War II. The importance of this revival was embedded not only in the conscious decision to cast a black actor in the lead role but, moreover, that it responded to both the wartime context and the issue of segregation in the theater setting.

Keywords:   Paul Robeson, African American Actors, World War I, segregation, black actors, theater

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