The Nigger

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The Nigger is a play by American playwright Edward Sheldon (1886–1946). It explores the relationship between blacks and whites in the melodrama of a politician faced with a sudden, personal dilemma. The play was first performed on Broadway in New York City at The New Theatre on December 4, 1909.[1] The play was adapted to a novel, and a film adaptation, directed by Edgar Lewis, was made in 1915.[2] Because the title was controversial, the film was released in some markets as The New Governor.


  1. ^ Anthony Slide, American Racist: The Life and Films of Thomas Dixon (University Press of Kentucky, 2004), p65
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