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Blackface NationRace, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925$
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Brian Roberts

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451503

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451787.001.0001

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Blackface Nation

Brian Roberts

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the movement of African Americans into the genre of blackface minstrelsy in the post-Civil War era. It argues, rooted in hatred and love, the minstrelsy-based perception of black people both limited and created opportunities for African Americans in an era of terror-based white supremacy and Jim Crow segregation.

Keywords:   blackface minstrelsy, patriotism, segregation, The Civil War, Tin Pan Alley, James Bland, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, reconstruction era, Fiske Jubilee Singers, Uncle Remus

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