By Annemarie Bean

Because the blackface minstrel express developed from its beginnings within the American Revolution to its height in the course of the past due 1800s, its frenetic dances, low-brow humor, and vigorous song supplied greater than mere leisure. certainly, those imitations and parodies formed society's perceptions of African Americans-and of women-as good as made their mark on nationwide id, policymaking judgements, and different leisure varieties corresponding to vaudeville, burlesque, the revue, and, finally, movie, radio, and tv. amassed listed below are infrequent fundamental materials-including firsthand money owed of minstrel indicates, minstrelsy publications, jokes, sketches, and sheet music-and the easiest of latest scholarship on minstrelsy.

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