Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of by W. Fitzhugh Brundage

By W. Fitzhugh Brundage

This number of 13 essays, edited via historian W. Fitzhugh Brundage, brings jointly unique paintings from 16 students in a variety of disciplines, starting from theater and literature to heritage and track, to deal with the complicated roles of black performers, marketers, and shoppers in American mass tradition through the early 20th century.

Moving past the accepted territory of blackface and minstrelsy, those essays current a clean examine the historical past of African american citizens and mass tradition. With matters starting from representations of race in sheet song illustrations to African American curiosity in Haitian tradition, Beyond Blackface recovers the background of forgotten or vague cultural figures and exhibits how those historic actors performed a job within the construction of yankee mass tradition. The essays discover the problem that blacks confronted at a time whilst white supremacy crested and options in intake, expertise, and relaxation made mass tradition attainable. Underscoring the significance and complexity of race within the emergence of mass tradition, Beyond Blackface depicts pop culture as a very important enviornment during which African american citizens struggled to safe a foothold as masters in their personal illustration and designers of the nation's rising customer society.

The participants are:
Davarian L. Baldwin, Trinity College
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, college of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Clare Corbould, collage of Sydney
Susan Curtis, Purdue University
Stephanie Dunson, Williams College
Lewis A. Erenberg, Loyola collage Chicago
Stephen Garton, collage of Sydney
John M. Giggie, collage of Alabama
Grace Elizabeth Hale, collage of Virginia
Robert Jackson, college of Tulsa
David Krasner, Emerson College
Thomas Riis, college of Colorado at Boulder
Stephen Robertson, college of Sydney
John Stauffer, Harvard University
Graham White, collage of Sydney
Shane White, college of Sydney

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