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Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy / Edition 1
     

Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy / Edition 1

by Annemarie Bean, James V. Hatch, Brooks McNamara, Mel Watkins
 

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ISBN-10: 0819563005

ISBN-13: 9780819563002

Pub. Date: 11/29/1996

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

As the blackface minstrel show evolved from its beginnings in the American Revolution to its peak during the late 1800s, its frenetic dances, low-brow humor, and lively music provided more than mere entertainment. Indeed, these imitations and parodies shaped society's perceptions of African Americans-and of women-as well as made their mark on national identity,

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As the blackface minstrel show evolved from its beginnings in the American Revolution to its peak during the late 1800s, its frenetic dances, low-brow humor, and lively music provided more than mere entertainment. Indeed, these imitations and parodies shaped society's perceptions of African Americans-and of women-as well as made their mark on national identity, policymaking decisions, and other entertainment forms such as vaudeville, burlesque, the revue, and, eventually, film, radio, and television. Gathered here are rare primary materials-including firsthand accounts of minstrel shows, minstrelsy guides, jokes, sketches, and sheet music-and the best of contemporary scholarship on minstrelsy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819563002
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
11/29/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Early Minstrelsy
Political Climate
The Show
Music
Humor
Dance
Images of Gender and Class
Continuum

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