Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930
Moving beyond the familiar territory of blackface and minstrelsy, these essays present a fresh look at the history of African Americans and #MassCulture. With subjects ranging from representations of race in sheet music illustrations to African American interest in #HaitianCulture, Beyond Blackface recovers the history of forgotten or obscure cultural figures and shows how these historical actors played a role in the creation of American mass culture. The essays explore the predicament that blacks faced at a time when #WhiteSupremacy crested and innovations in consumption, technology, and leisure made mass culture possible. Underscoring the importance and complexity of race in the emergence of mass culture, Beyond Blackface depicts popular culture as a crucial arena in which #AfricanAmericans struggled to secure a foothold as masters of their own #representation and architects of the nation’s emerging consumer society.
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