By Henry T. Sampson

Published in 1980, Blacks in Blackface was the 1st and such a lot wide publication 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 excited about African American tradition, this re-creation positive factors considerably revised, improved, and new material.

In Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows, Henry T. Sampson presents an exceptional wealth of data on valid musical comedies, together with convey synopses, casts, songs, and construction credit. Sampson additionally recounts the struggles of African American performers and manufacturers to beat the racial prejudice of white exhibit proprietors, song publishers, theatre managers, and reserving brokers to accomplish sufficient monetary reimbursement for his or her abilities 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 song and dances, frequently in blackface.

The chapters during this quantity include:

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


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

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