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Stage and Screen Education and Inspiration The American Identity

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The radio documentary Shakespeare in American Life includes three episodes, each lasting about 54 minutes. The episodes stand on their own, and you can listen to any or all of them in any order. To hear one, select from the list below.

Shakespeare Becomes American:
Shakespeare in American Performance

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The Father of the Man in America:
Shakespeare in American Civic Life and Education

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Shakespeare is a Black Woman:
Shakespeare in American Politics

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A note on the titles:

“The Father of the Man in America” is a quotation from the American author Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote of Shakespeare, “He drew the man of England and Europe; the father of the man in America.”

"Shakespeare is a Black Woman,” refers to a well known observation by Maya Angelou. Angelou has often commented on the connection between the experiences of African American women and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, which begins “When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, / I all alone beweep my outcast state.”