Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and their World

Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and their World


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Carnival, charivari, mumming plays, peasant festivals, and even early versions of the Santa Claus myth—all of these forms of entertainment influenced and shaped blackface minstrelsy in the first half of the nineteenth century. In his fascinating study Demons of Disorder, musicologist Dale Cockrell studies issues of race and class by analyzing their cultural expressions, and investigates the roots of still-remembered songs such as "Jim Crow," "Zip Coon," and "Dan Tucker." The first book on the blackface tradition written by a leading musicologist, Demons of Disorder is an important achievement in music history and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521560740
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama Series , #8
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Blackface on the early American stage; 2. Blackface in the streets; 3. Jim Crow; 4. Zip Coon; 5. Old Dan Tucker.

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