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By Henry T. Sampson

Published in 1980, Blacks in Blackface was the 1st and such a lot wide booklet as much as that point to deal solely with each element of all-African American musical comedies played at the degree among 1900 and 1940. a useful source for students and historians concerned with African American tradition, this re-creation positive aspects considerably revised, extended, and new material.

In Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows, Henry T. Sampson offers an extraordinary wealth of data on valid musical comedies, together with express synopses, casts, songs, and construction credit. Sampson additionally recounts the struggles of African American performers and manufacturers to beat the racial prejudice of white convey vendors, song publishers, theatre managers, and reserving brokers to accomplish sufficient monetary repayment for his or her skills and managerial services. Black manufacturers and artists competed with white managers who have been generating all-Black indicates and likewise with a few white entertainers who have been appearing Black-developed tune and dances, frequently in blackface.

The chapters during this quantity include:

  • An review of African American musical indicates from the tip of the Civil warfare during the golden years of the Twenties and ’30s
  • New and elevated biographical sketches of performers
  • Detailed information regarding the 1st manufacturers and vendors of Black minstrel and musical comedy shows
  • Origins and backgrounds of numerous recognized Black theatres
  • Profiles of African American marketers and businessmen who supplied monetary assets to construct and personal a number of the Black theatres the place those indicates have been performed
  • A chronicle of reserving businesses and arranged Black theatrical circuits, tune publishing homes, and phonograph recording businesses
  • Critical remark from African American newspapers and express company publications
  • More than 500 hundred infrequent photographs


A finished quantity that covers all points of Black musical indicates played in theatres, nightclubs, circuses, and medication exhibits, this version of
Blacks in Blackface can be used as a reference for critical students and researchers of Black convey company within the usa sooner than 1940. greater than double the dimensions of the former version, this beneficial source also will entice the informal reader who's attracted to studying extra approximately early Black entertainment.

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