The History of Minstrel Songs - An Active Minds Event

Feb 1, 2021


"Oh, Susanna!," "Dixie," "Camptown Races"...these are all familiar tunes that many schoolchildren learned as folk songs, not knowing where they came from or how they were originally performed. Yet their history is mired in issues of race, representation, and cultural appropriation. In this class we'll examine the history of minstrelsy in American popular music. We'll discuss the music's origins in the 1830s and its development via racial stereotypes including performance by white entertainers in blackface in so-called "minstrel shows". We will delve into the lasting and complicated legacy of this form of popular music.

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