The Blackface Minstrel Show in Mass Media

20th Century Performances on Radio, Records, Film and Television

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About the Book

The minstrel show occupies a complex and controversial space in the history of American popular culture. While it is seen as a relic of America’s deeply shameful and racist past, it also provided the first vehicle by which African-Americans were able to enter the entertainment world. This book investigates the often ignored 20th century history of minstrelsy as it entered the age of mass media, addressing such minstrel stars as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, and Mickey Rooney. Tracing the history of minstrelsy through to its abrupt end in the 1950s, this book is a chronicle of “modern” minstrelsy and America’s rapidly changing values.

About the Author(s)

Tim Brooks is a retired TV network executive and author of nine books about the history of American media. He has won numerous awards for his work, including an American Book Award and a Grammy Award for a reissue of historical recordings. He lives in Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

Tim Brooks
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 60 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7676-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3730-3
Imprint: McFarland