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Drama: Intimate Apparel (Fall 2017)

Starting points for research in drama


"The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she's saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for..." - excerpt from play publisher's description

Read an online copy of the play.

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(Before) The Great Migration: Moving to the North pre-WWI

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African American or African? Immigration and Acclimation