The 'Baby Dolls': Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition

The 'Baby Dolls': Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition

by Kim Marie Vaz

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807150702
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 01/18/2013
Series: Eisenhower Center Studies on War and Peace
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kim Marie Vaz is the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of education at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her area of research is the use of expressive arts as a response to large-group social trauma.

Table of Contents

Prelude: On Being an Example of Hope Millisia White xiii

Foreword: Black Storyville Keith Weldon Medley xvii

Introduction: A New Orleans Mardi Gras Masking Tradition 1

1 Gender, Race, and Masking in the Age of Jim Crow 7

2 Women Dancing the Jazz 28

3 "Oh You Beautiful Doll": The Baby Doll as a National Sex Symbol in the Progressive Era 46

4 A New Group of Baby Dolls Hits the Streets 78

5 "We Are No Generation": Resurrecting the Central Role of Dance to the Creation of New Orleans Music 100

Acknowledgments 119

Appendixes

A A History of Baby Doll Masking in the Baby Dolls' Own Words 127

B Some Known Million Dollar Baby Doll Participants 142

C The Geographical Landscape of the Million Dollar Baby Doll 143

D Million Dollar Baby Doll Slang 144

E Charting the History of Baby Doll Groups 146

Notes 153

Bibliography 167

Index 175

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