"This rewarding, well-researched work fills in many gaps in the scholarly knowledge of Anglo-American theater and its relation to the politics of slavery. It will be appreciated for its extensive research, thematic breadth, and good judgment in several disciplines and subfields. One of the work's most important virtues is its interest in both proslavery and antislavery materials and in understanding their dialectical relationship. Another is its insistence on telling the whole story from the late eighteenth century. Jenna Gibbs excels at bringing out the theatrical dimensions of cultural moments and cultural work not usually considered theater and the politics of slavery dimensions of work too often seen as being just about race."