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Edwards, Jack (fl. ca.1915) [Instructions for house managers for the showing of David W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation"]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05091 Author/Creator: Edwards, Jack (fl. ca.1915) Place Written: s.l. Type: Printed document Date: circa 1915 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Contains spaces for house managers to fill in information, including performance or film dates, company arrival and departure times, and manager names. Jack Edwards, a Southern Representative of the performance or film, instructs theater house managers regarding technical details, such as oiling the projection machines and tuning house pianos. States "Please bear in mind that NEGROES MUST NOT BE ADMITTED TO 'THE BIRTH OF A NATION' under any circumstances." The back of this document includes a list of names and mathematical calculations written in pencil. Edwards' permanent address is listed as Atlanta, Georgia. Date estimated based on the original release date of "The Birth of a Nation."

People: Edwards, Jack, fl. ca. 1915.
Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948.

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Keywords/Subjects: Progressive Era, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, African American History, Civil War, Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow

Sub Era: The Great Migration and Jim Crow