The Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon / Edition 1

The Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon / Edition 1

by Melvin Patrick Ely
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813920922

ISBN-13: 9780813920924

Pub. Date: 10/29/2001

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Forty million Americans indulged in a national obsession in 1930: they eagerly tuned in Amos 'n' Andy, the nightly radio comedy in which a pair of white actors portrayed the adventures of two black men making a new life in the big city. Meanwhile, some angry African Americans demanded that Amos 'n' Andy be banned, even as others gathered in the barbershops and

Overview

Forty million Americans indulged in a national obsession in 1930: they eagerly tuned in Amos 'n' Andy, the nightly radio comedy in which a pair of white actors portrayed the adventures of two black men making a new life in the big city. Meanwhile, some angry African Americans demanded that Amos 'n' Andy be banned, even as others gathered in the barbershops and radio stores of Harlem to chuckle over the adventures of Amos, Andy, and the Kingfish.

Melvin Patrick Ely unveils a fascinating tale of America's shifting color line, in which two professional directors of blackface minstrel shows manage to produce a series so rich and complex that it wins admirers ranging from ultra-racists to outspoken racial egalitarians. Eventually, the pair stir further controversy when they bring their show to television.

In a preface written especially for this new edition of his acclaimed classic, Ely shows how white and black responses to his Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy since 1991 tell a revealing story of their own about racial hopes and fears at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813920924
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
10/29/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxvii
1.White Men, Black Voices1
2.Boyhood Dreams and Racial Myths11
3.Jefferson Snowball, Traveling Minstrel26
4.Inventing Radio and Toying with Color47
5.The Great Black Migration into America's Living Room64
6.The Mystic Knights and Their Ladies97
7.Amos 'n' Andy's Balancing Act115
8.A Changing Racial Landscape130
9.The Black Debate Begins160
10."This Continuing Harm"194
Epilogue: A New Day?245
A Personal Postscript255
Notes259
A Word About Sources301
Index310

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