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Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930 (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series) Paperback – July 15, 2011
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[Brundage] has edited this timely volume with authority and thoroughness.--North Carolina Historical Review
This volume is a rich synthesis of the history of African Americans and mass culture from the late nineteenth century through the 1930s. . . . [It] stands as an excellent overview that fills a large gap in the scholarship.--The Historian
An invaluable introduction to the emergence of African American popular culture.--Florida Historical Quarterly
These essays do genuinely deepen our understanding of black participation in the burgeoning consumer culture of America. This book will complement other recent scholarship on this period. . . underscoring the role of African Americans in the making of American modernity.--Southern Historian
Recommended. All levels/libraries.--Choice
This anthology deftly illuminates the revealing innovation and experimentation that characterized black culture, American popular culture, and the fruits of their cross-pollination in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These rich essays make abundantly clear the extraordinary impact of African Americans and African American culture on the making of modern American popular culture.--Waldo E. Martin Jr., University of California, Berkeley
This first-rate collection of essays seeks to move conversations about black performance, black culture, and the embodiment of both beyond the heretofore 'comfortable' terrain of blackface and minstrelsy. It does so with resounding success. Bravo to the essayists of this excellent volume.--Jonathan Scott Holloway, Yale University