By W. Fitzhugh Brundage

This number of 13 essays, edited through historian W. Fitzhugh Brundage, brings jointly unique paintings from 16 students in quite a few disciplines, starting from theater and literature to background and song, to deal with the complicated roles of black performers, marketers, and shoppers in American mass tradition in the course of the early 20th century.

Moving past the regularly occurring territory of blackface and minstrelsy, those essays current a clean examine the heritage of African americans and mass tradition. With topics starting from representations of race in sheet tune illustrations to African American curiosity in Haitian tradition, Beyond Blackface recovers the background of forgotten or vague cultural figures and indicates how those historic actors performed a task within the construction of yank mass tradition. The essays discover the hindrance that blacks confronted at a time while white supremacy crested and suggestions in intake, expertise, and relaxation made mass tradition attainable. Underscoring the significance and complexity of race within the emergence of mass tradition, Beyond Blackface depicts pop culture as a vital area within which African american citizens struggled to safe a foothold as masters in their personal illustration and designers of the nation's rising shopper society.

The members are:
Davarian L. Baldwin, Trinity College
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, collage of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Clare Corbould, collage of Sydney
Susan Curtis, Purdue University
Stephanie Dunson, Williams College
Lewis A. Erenberg, Loyola college Chicago
Stephen Garton, collage of Sydney
John M. Giggie, collage of Alabama
Grace Elizabeth Hale, collage of Virginia
Robert Jackson, college of Tulsa
David Krasner, Emerson College
Thomas Riis, collage of Colorado at Boulder
Stephen Robertson, collage of Sydney
John Stauffer, Harvard University
Graham White, college of Sydney
Shane White, college of Sydney

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