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Keywords: Capital Entertainment: Stage Work and the Origins of the Creative Economy, 1822-1916 (ALL of these words -- matching substrings)

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FT-291687-23Research Programs: Summer StipendsRachel MillerCapital Entertainment: Stage Work and the Origins of the Creative Economy, 1822-19166/1/2023 - 7/31/2023$6,000.00Rachel Miller   College of IdahoCaldwellID83605-4432USA2023U.S. HistorySummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Research and writing of a history of the entertainment industry in the United States focusing on artisans, stage workers, and non-star performers during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Capital Entertainment: Stage Work and the Origins of the Creative Economy, 1822-1916 is the first monograph to analyze the rise of the U.S. entertainment industry with supporting players at center stage. More than just curious personalities in a niche business, non-star performers across genres ensured that the show went on and negotiated a new world of work arranged around trusts and syndicates. Stage workers began the nineteenth-century in small, self-organized groups of artisans, and they ended the century working inside one of the largest and earliest forms of global, export-oriented capitalism. In the process, they self-consciously attempted—and sometimes succeeded—to assert control over their employment conditions and the meaning of their work. In historicizing the creative economy as a conceptual and material relation rooted in the long nineteenth century, I how the industrialization of performance shaped how we understand and value the work of art today.