The Minstrelsy Tangent (HUM455)

Here’s an image of TD “Big Daddy” Rice as Jim Crow:

University of Virginia has a modest page on “blackface minstrelsy” (AKA “racial masquerade”):

http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/minstrel/mihp.html

There’s been a tremendous amount of scholarship on this popular-cultural form. This brief clip (taken, I believe, from a PBS doc. on Stephen Foster) gives a sense of minstrelsy’s significance in US American culture: