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The Resource Blackface nation : race, reform, and identity in American popular music, 1812-1925, Brian Roberts

Blackface nation : race, reform, and identity in American popular music, 1812-1925, Brian Roberts

Label
Blackface nation : race, reform, and identity in American popular music, 1812-1925
Title
Blackface nation
Title remainder
race, reform, and identity in American popular music, 1812-1925
Statement of responsibility
Brian Roberts
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"As the United States transitioned from a rural nation to an urbanized, industrial giant between the War of 1812 and the early twentieth century, ordinary people struggled over the question of what it meant to be American. As Brian Roberts shows in Blackface Nation, this struggle is especially evident in popular culture and the interplay between two specific strains of music: middle-class folk and blackface minstrelsy. The Hutchinson Family Singers, the Northeast's most popular middle-class singing group during the mid-nineteenth century, is perhaps the best example of the first strain of music. The group's songs expressed an American identity rooted in communal values, with lyrics focusing on abolition, women's rights, and socialism. Blackface minstrelsy, on the other hand, emerged out of an audience-based coalition of Northern business elites, Southern slaveholders, and young, white, working-class men, for whom blackface expressed an identity rooted in individual self-expression, anti-intellectualism, and white superiority. Its performers embodied the love-crime version of racism, in which vast swaths of the white public adored African Americans who fit blackface stereotypes even as they used those stereotypes to rationalize white supremacy. By the early twentieth century, the blackface version of the American identity had become a part of America's consumer culture while the Hutchinsons' songs were increasingly regarded as old-fashioned. Blackface Nation elucidates the central irony in America's musical history: much of the music that has been interpreted as black, authentic, and expressive was invented, performed, and enjoyed by people who believed strongly in white superiority. At the same time, the music often depicted as white, repressed, and boringly bourgeois was often socially and racially inclusive, committed to reform, and devoted to challenging the immoralities at the heart of America's capitalist order." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roberts, Brian
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML3479
LC item number
.R63 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • Popular music
  • Popular music
  • Minstrel music
  • Music and race
  • African Americans
  • Minstrel music
  • Music and race
  • Popular music
  • United States
  • Ethnische Identität
  • Mittelstand
  • Nationalismus
  • Schwarze
  • Unterhaltungsmusik
  • USA
Label
Blackface nation : race, reform, and identity in American popular music, 1812-1925, Brian Roberts
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Carnival -- The Vulgar Republic -- Jim Crow's Genuine Audience -- Black Song -- Meet the Hutchinsons -- Love Crimes -- The Middle-Class Moment -- Culture Wars -- Black America -- Conclusion: Musical without End
Control code
958779970
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 360 pages
Isbn
9780226451503
Lccn
2016041541
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958779970
Label
Blackface nation : race, reform, and identity in American popular music, 1812-1925, Brian Roberts
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Carnival -- The Vulgar Republic -- Jim Crow's Genuine Audience -- Black Song -- Meet the Hutchinsons -- Love Crimes -- The Middle-Class Moment -- Culture Wars -- Black America -- Conclusion: Musical without End
Control code
958779970
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 360 pages
Isbn
9780226451503
Lccn
2016041541
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958779970

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