Libraries and their readers: reading group

Part of the Sadler Seminar Series Shh! Encounters in the Unquiet Library.

To continue with our theme of libraries, readers and activism, Tom Wright (University of Sussex) will give a paper titled "New York’s Mercantile Library and the Astor Place Riot of 1849".  

The Astor Place riot was a particularly violent episode in the history of New York and brought together class struggle, nativist hostility to immigrants and a personal grudge between two Shakespearean actors. Twenty two people were killed when the militia moved in to quell a riot that had, at its heart, the question of who was the better Macbeth - the Englishman Charles Macready, or American, Edwin Forrest.  

All are welcome.

Location details

LHRI - Seminar Room 1