Minstrelsy / Minstrel Show / Black Face

Please note that the while this topic is sensitive and unthinkable today, it is being presented as an educational effort, not promotion of or support for the continuance of the theatrical form itself. While it is very easy to dismiss and discredit minstrelsy (minstrel shows) during the American pre-Civil Rights era, these shows are significantly linked to popular entertainment history. 1. Minstrelsy is considered by most historians to be the first distinctly American theatrical form. 2. The "Great Emancipator," President Abraham Lincoln, held blackface performances inside the White House. 3. Through a distorted lens, minstrelsy brought forward aspects of black culture and issu

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