Walter Benjamin and the Lynching Play: Mourning and Allegory in Angelina Weld Grimké’s Rachel

  • David Krasner


From the mid-1910s through the 1920s, several anti-lynching plays by African Americans were presented. The plays were in response to the violent tactics of mobs terrorizing African Americans not only throughout the South, but also in many northern states as well. The authorial efforts were by writers and social critics who, firm in their conviction, believed drama capable of evoking social change.3 Angelina Weld Grimké’s play Rachel (1916) represented one of these attempts and it is this drama that shall be the focus of this chapter.4


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