Chapter 6 – Minstrel Shows
If you don’t know what a Minstrel Show is, you can look up samples on youtube.
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The Minstrel Show is a sordid past for musicians.
Most people find them shocking, and thank goodness we’re done with them.
This was an “art form” that unfortunately represented the United States pre-Civil War and was widely accepted in the U.S.
Groups toured, and we brought this unsavory Show to Europe and also performed in the White House.
You might never feel the same about Stephen Foster songs after reading learning about Minstrel Shows.
Please don’t post any examples here, just your thoughts on
* what factors contributed to their popularity?
* what finally put the nail in their coffin?
* Was there any acceptable aspect of a Minstrel Show?
* What did people learn from them?