Inside the Minstrel Mask Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy

ISBN-10: 0819563005
ISBN-13: 9780819563002
Edition: 1996
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 11/29/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

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

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