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Weavers of Dreams, Unite!: Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America

Sean P. Holmes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037481
eISBN:
9780252094682
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037481.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

Published to coincide with the centenary of the founding of the Actors' Equity Association in 1913, this book explores the history of actors' unionism in the United States from the late nineteenth ... More


The Great Text in Our Economy Today: The American Theater in an Age of Organization

Sean P. Holmes

in Weavers of Dreams, Unite!: Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037481
eISBN:
9780252094682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037481.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter explores the origins of the organizational impulse that animated the American acting community in the early twentieth century. It begins by examining the transformation of the theatrical ... More


The Sock and Buskin or the Artisan’s Biretta: Reconciling Art and Labor in the Actors’ Equity Association, 1913–1919

Sean P. Holmes

in Weavers of Dreams, Unite!: Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037481
eISBN:
9780252094682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037481.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter focuses on the problems that organizing in defense of their collective interests posed for the men and women of the American stage and, indeed, for many other occupational groups on the ... More


Protecting the High-Minded Actor and the High-Minded Manager in Equal Part: Occupational Unionism in the American Theater Industry, 1919–1929

Sean P. Holmes

in Weavers of Dreams, Unite!: Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037481
eISBN:
9780252094682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037481.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter examines the long-term implications of the unionization of the legitimate theater. It begins with an analysis of the debate that took place within the Actors' Equity Association (AEA) in ... More


For the Dignity and Honor of the Theatrical Profession: Respectability and Unrespectability in the Actors’ Equity Association, 1919–1929

Sean P. Holmes

in Weavers of Dreams, Unite!: Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037481
eISBN:
9780252094682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037481.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter examines the Actors' Equity Association's (AEA) campaign to raise the status of the acting community by cleansing it of its long-standing reputation for immorality. It focuses in the ... More


Ain’t No Peace in the Family Now: The Actors’ Equity Association and the Movies, 1919–1929

Sean P. Holmes

in Weavers of Dreams, Unite!: Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037481
eISBN:
9780252094682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037481.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter focuses on new technology and its impact on acting as an occupation. It begins by describing how the advent of film transformed patterns of employment in the commercial entertainment ... More


Epilogue

Sean P. Holmes

in Weavers of Dreams, Unite!: Actors' Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037481
eISBN:
9780252094682
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037481.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This epilogue traces the collapse of the old theatrical economy after the onset of the Great Depression and assesses its impact on the men and women of the American stage. Highlighting the huge ... More


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