Nigger heaven


Nigger heaven
   Seating was racially segregated in most theatres during the modernist era, although the African American musicals of the 1890s created some exceptions. African Americans were often obliged to buy their tickets at a separate box office on one side of the playhouse, after which they would ascend to the top gallery through a separate entrance and a narrow stairway, sometimes even by stairs on the exterior of the building.

The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nigger Heaven —   First edition of the text, with original dustwrapper, published in 1926 …   Wikipedia

  • nigger heaven — noun peanut gallery It took close figuring to do anything but live that first year and yet we pushed our way with the crowd into the nigger heavens and saw most of the good shows. I had never been to the theatre before and I liked it …   Wiktionary

  • nigger heaven — Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. See peanut gallery (def. 1). [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • nigger heaven — noun slang : the highest balcony or row of seats in a theater * * * Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. See peanut gallery (def. 1). [1865 70] …   Useful english dictionary

  • nigger — (n.) 1786, earlier neger (1568, Scottish and northern England dialect), from Fr. nègre, from Sp. negro (see NEGRO (Cf. Negro)). From the earliest usage it was the term that carries with it all the obloquy and contempt and rejection which whites… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Nigger — This article is about the pejorative use of the word. For nigga as a colloquial reference, see Nigga. For other uses, see Nigger (disambiguation). Not to be confused with niggardly …   Wikipedia

  • peanut gallery — noun a) The upper balcony in a racially segregated venues such as a theatre to which black patrons were restricted.<ref name= LtA >Listening to America: An Illustrated History of Words and Phrases from Our Lively and Splendid Past by Stuart …   Wiktionary

  • Carl Van Vechten — Infobox Person name = Carl Van Vechten image size = 200px caption = Photographic self portrait by Carl Van Vechten, taken in 1939 birth date = birth date|1880|6|17|mf=y birth place = Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A death date = death date and… …   Wikipedia

  • Carl Van Vechten — Selbstporträt Carl van Vechten, 3. April 1934 Carl van Vechten (* 17. Juni 1880 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; † 21. Dezember 1964 in New York) war ein US amerikanischer Fotograf und Autor. Er war bekannt als Unterstützer der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Carl van Vechten — Selbstporträt Carl van Vechten, 3. April 1934 Carl van Vechten (* 17. Juni 1880 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; † 21. Dezember 1964 in New York) war ein US amerikanischer Fotograf und Autor. Er war bekannt als Unterstützer der Harlem Renaissance …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.