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Jim Crow, American : Selected Songs and Plays (09 Edition)

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Jim Crow is the figure that has long represented America's imperfect union. When the white actor Thomas D. Rice took to the stage in blackface as Jim Crow, during the 1830s, a ragged and charismatic trickster began channeling black folklore through American popular culture. This compact edition of the earliest Jim Crow plays and songs presents essential performances that assembled backtalk, banter, masquerade, and dance into the diagnostic American style. Quite contrary to Jim Crow's reputation--which is to say, the term's later meaning--these early acts undermine both racism and slavery. They celebrate an irresistibly attractive blackness in a young Republic that had failed to come together until Americans agreed to disagree over Jim Crow's meaning.

As they permeated American popular culture, these distinctive themes formed a template which anticipated minstrel shows, vaudeville, ragtime, jazz, early talking film, and rock 'n' roll. They all show whites using rogue blackness to rehearse their mutual disaffection and uneven exclusion.

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Jim Crow is the figure that has long represented America's imperfect union. This compact edition of the earliest Jim Crow plays and songs presents essential performances that assembled backtalk, banter, masquerade, and dance into the diagnostic American style. They celebrate an irresistibly attractive blackness in a young Republic that had failed to come together until Americans agreed to disagree over Jim Crow's meaning.

About the Author

Actor T. D. Rice (1806-1860) popularized the Jim Crow character on the American stage.W. T. Lhamon, Jr., is Emeritus Professor of English at Florida State University and Lecturer in American Studies at Smith College.

Florida State University

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • List of Illustrations

Introduction

  • An Extravagant and Wheeling Stranger
  • Lateral Sufficiency
  • Gumbo Cuff and the New York Desdemonas
  • Change the Joke and Slip the Stereotype
  • The Phases of Jim Crow's Runaway Stage

Songs

  • “Coal Black Rose”
  • “The Original Jim Crow”
  • “Jim Crow, Still Alive!!!”
  • “Dinah Crow”
  • “Jim Crow” (London)
  • “De Original Jim Crow”
  • “Jim Crow” (Boston)
  • “All deWomen Shout Loo! Loo!”
  • “Clare de Kitchen”
  • “Gombo Chaff ”
  • “Sich a Gitting Up Stairs”
  • “Jim Crack Corn, or the Blue Tail Fly”
  • “Settin' on a Rail, or, Racoon Hunt”

Plays

  • Oh! Hush! or, The Virginny Cupids!
  • Virginia Mummy
  • Bone Squash
  • Flight to America
  • The Peacock and the Crow
  • Jim Crow in His New Place
  • The Foreign Prince
  • Yankee Notes for English Circulation
  • Otello

Street Prose

  • “The Life of Jim Crow”
  • “A Faithful Account of the Life of Jim Crow the American Negro Poet”
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674035935
Author:
Rice, T. D.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Editor:
Lhamon, W. T., Jr.
Author:
Lhamon, W.
Author:
Rice, Thomas D.
Author:
T
Author:
Rice, T. D.
Author:
W. T. Lhamon, Jr.
Author:
Lhamon, W. T., Jr.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
American
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Tricksters - United States - History -
Subject:
Rice, Tom
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Drama -- History and criticism.
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies/African-American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
John Harvard Library
Series Volume:
101
Publication Date:
November 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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