Jim Crow, American: Selected Songs and Plays - The John Harvard Library (Paperback)
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Jim Crow, American: Selected Songs and Plays - The John Harvard Library (Paperback)

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Published: 01/11/2009
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Jim Crow is the figure that has long represented America’s imperfect union. When the white actor Thomas D. Rice took to the stage in blackface as Jim Crow, during the 1830s, a ragged and charismatic trickster began channeling black folklore through American popular culture. This compact edition of the earliest Jim Crow plays and songs presents essential performances that assembled backtalk, banter, masquerade, and dance into the diagnostic American style. Quite contrary to Jim Crow’s reputation—which is to say, the term’s later meaning—these early acts undermine both racism and slavery. They celebrate an irresistibly attractive blackness in a young Republic that had failed to come together until Americans agreed to disagree over Jim Crow’s meaning.

As they permeated American popular culture, these distinctive themes formed a template which anticipated minstrel shows, vaudeville, ragtime, jazz, early talking film, and rock ‘n’ roll. They all show whites using rogue blackness to rehearse their mutual disaffection and uneven exclusion.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674035935
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 210 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Rice's songs and burlesques collected in this fascinating volume are interesting only for their racist tinge and their importance as artifacts of early- and mid-nineteenth-century American show business...This book will fascinate students of history and aficionados of historical American theater. - Jack Helbig, Booklist

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