By B. Altschuler

ISBN-10: 0230110177

ISBN-13: 9780230110175

 Although motion pictures concerning the presidency were a well-liked topic for research, there's no similar literature approximately performs that painting leader executives. This ebook fills that hole by way of interpreting intimately approximately 50 performs depicting ancient, fictional or even musical presidents. It explains how, because the public's belief in govt has declined, the heroic presidents of the 1st half the 20 th century were changed on degree via such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.

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90 For the first time, reporters from major newspapers around the country had converged to cover a senatorial election. Although Douglas won the seat, the debates gave Lincoln a national reputation. However, the length and format presented significant problems for any would-be theatrical adapter. Seven three-hour debates had to be condensed into a theatrically manageable amount of time. Rather than the statements and rebuttals of a minute or two of modern political debates, the 1858 events began with an hour’s opening statement, followed by a 90-minute rebuttal and a half-hour reply by the first speaker.

It seems to have since disappeared from the repertory. Krutch’s review suggests the major problem that Goodman proved unable to solve. If Lincoln was so great a president, how could his actions have been virtually identical to those of Andrew Johnson, ranked near the bottom in every survey of historians, even to the firing of Stanton and failed attempts to replace him with Generals Grant and Sherman? Despite the failure of Goodman’s play, some version of the question its title asks still fascinates the public.

However, the play was a casualty of a labor dispute that canceled much of the Broadway season, and did not debut until an October 1961 performance at Florida State University. 107 It was not until a single performance as part of an off—Broadway matinee series that the play made its New York debut. Because the play seems designed more to be read than performed, there has not been a major revival since. 108 In 1972, V. J. Longhi’s The Lincoln Mask had a run of nineteen previews followed by eight performances on Broadway.

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