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Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Shakespeare Library
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Washington, DC
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What makes the words, ideas, and characters of William Shakespeare - an Englishman - so central to American life and thought? Through a fascinating selection of rare letters, costumes, books, and more, America's Shakespeare reveals how Americans have made Shakespeare our own. The story begins with the Revolutionary War, when America's founders left Britain behind, but took Shakespeare with them. A broad range of items traces Shakespeare's ever-changing role in American culture, from westward expansion and the Civil War to stage, screen, and radio, debates over war, politics, and race, and the latest forms of digital media today.

Part of The Wonder of Will, a Folger celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare 

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