Why did a riot start over Shakespeare?


Riot At The Astor Place Opera-house, New York. United States Of New York, 1849. Universal History Archive / UIG via Getty Images
Riot At The Astor Place Opera-house, New York. United States Of New York, 1849. Universal History Archive / UIG via Getty Images

As one of the most influential writers in the English language, Shakespeare is typically associated with cultural sophistication rather than violent bouts of near-anarchy. But this wasn't the case during the Astor Place Riot. Tune in to learn more.

Topics in this Podcast: British history, U.S. history, literary history, 19th century, entertainment history, riots, massacres, shakespeare, American history