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"Yes! It Captured Them ....": the Performing Arts

The Blackface Minstrel Tradition

Slavery came to an end in the United States in 1863, but in the years that followed, African Americans began to realize that they were still not totally free. One of the few arenas of American life in which blacks were allowed to participate—and even attain fame and fortune—was in the performing arts, particularly the theater. Some African Americans tried to produce drama that reflected the black experience accurately, but most playwrights and actors continued to give audiences (at the time mostly white audiences who could afford expensive theater tickets) the formats and characters they expected to see. These stereotypes (based on the idea that all the members of a group have certain fixed characteristics or habits) came out of the blackface minstrel tradition, which kept a strong hold on the...

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