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Darkest America 1896–99

Bruce Vermazen

in That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195372182
eISBN:
9780199864140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

In this chapter, Tom Brown plays his first paid job (on clarinet) and leaves Lindsay, probably in 1899, to join a minstrel show, probably Guy Brothers' Minstrels. This event was the beginning of his ... More


Father and Sons

Bruce Vermazen

in That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195372182
eISBN:
9780199864140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

In this chapter, cornetist Allan Brown (1858?-1947) and his wife Maria Reid Brown (1859?-1943) raise a family of six sons and a daughter (Myrtle, 1892-1988) as Allan roams Canada seeking work leading ... More


Performing (in) the African American West: Minstrel Shows, Brass Bands, Hoo-Doo Cowboys, and Other Musical Tricksters

Michael K. Johnson

in Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos: Conceptions of the African American West

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039287
eISBN:
9781626740013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039287.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Focused on memoirs (W. C. Handy’s Father of the Blues) and other writing by turn-of-the-century African American performers who toured or lived in the American West, this chapter argues that African ... More


Jim Crow Girdles the Globe

Brian Rouleau

in With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452338
eISBN:
9780801455087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452338.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter investigates the many instances in which sailors staged blackface minstrel shows while traveling abroad. In their willingness to apply the burnt-cork mask and “jump Jim Crow” for ... More


Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony

Gage Averill

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195116724
eISBN:
9780199849550
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116724.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book investigates the role that vernacular, barbershop-style close harmony has played in American musical history, in American life, and in the American imagination. Starting with a discussion ... More


Same Script, Different Actors: “Eb’ry time I wheel about, I jump Jim Crow”

Katrina Dyonne Thompson

in Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038259
eISBN:
9780252096112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038259.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter examines the emergence of a distinct American entertainment culture, and specifically how scenes of blacks performing music and dance for whites directly influenced popular culture ... More


Once a Legend

Bruce Vermazen

in That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195372182
eISBN:
9780199864140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter briefly describes the Six Brown Brothers at their professional zenith (1914-1923) and explains their legendary status as the originators of the saxophone craze. It then summarizes and ... More


“Hale Diabolo”: The Royal Hawaiian Theatre and the Rise of Popular Music in Honolulu

James Revell Carr

in Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038600
eISBN:
9780252096525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038600.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the popularity of American minstrelsy in Hawaii during the nineteenth century. It looks at professional touring minstrel troupes from the mainland, amateur troupes consisting of ... More


Three. Camp Cobbossee (and a Summer Abroad)

Steve Swayne

in Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195388527
eISBN:
9780199894345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

Schuman's six summers at Camp Cobbossee in Winthrop, Maine, were formative in developing his skills as a musician. Schuman also spent one summer touring France with other boys his age. This chapter ... More


Minstrelsy, Race, and the Boundaries of American Political Culture

Mark E. Neely

in The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807829868
eISBN:
9781469604909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807876947_neely.7
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Blackface minstrelsy has a powerful and pervasive presence in popular culture as well as the ideology of racism in America during the Civil War era. To better understand the American political ... More


St. George’s Becomes Mr. Burleigh’s Church: “A man of grace, gentleness, courtesy, humor and loyalty”

Jean E. Snyder

in Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039942
eISBN:
9780252098109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039942.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines Harry T. Burleigh's career as baritone soloist for St. George's Episcopal Church and its choir. Burleigh, then twenty-seven years old, auditioned at St. George's in 1894. The ... More


Eddie Anderson, Rochester, and Race in 1930s Radio and Film

Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley

in Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520295049
eISBN:
9780520967946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295049.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Radio

African-American dancer, singer, comedian Eddie Anderson pursued an entertainment career in California, his opportunities limited by Jim Crow-era racism in Hollywood but also shaped opportunities in ... More


Source Material

Ethan Mordden

in Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199892839
eISBN:
9780199367696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter focuses on the development of the earliest musicals. These include the ballad opera, The Beggar's Opera, produced in the theater at Lincoln's Inn Fields in London, in 1728; the Savoy ... More


Defying Boundaries and Escaping Stereotypes: African American Entertainers in the Late Nineteenth Century

Thomas L. Riis

in Rethinking American Music

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780252042324
eISBN:
9780252051159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042324.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

Riis takes up the complicated conventions and troubled history of late-nineteenth-century blackface minstrelsy as it was blended and interwoven into the activities among a largely unknown contingent ... More


Introduction

Katrina Dyonne Thompson

in Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038259
eISBN:
9780252096112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038259.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This book examines the process by which racial stereotypes about blacks developed and were perpetuated in music and dance, and particularly in what it calls onstage and backstage performances. It ... More


Looking Through: Sentimental Aesthetics

David Monod

in The Soul of Pleasure: Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702389
eISBN:
9781501703997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702389.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter narrates the account of P. T. Barnum, an entrepreneur who harnessed the growing popularity of the theatre to further his business ventures. During his stint at the Vauxhall, Barnum ... More


The Right Sort of Colored Boy and Man: African American Scouting

Benjamin René Jordan

in Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: "Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627656
eISBN:
9781469627670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627656.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

From 1910 to 1924, Boy Scout national leaders allowed white-led local councils to include, exclude, or segregate African Americans as they saw fit-so most of the five thousand or so early African ... More


The Theater

Arna Bontemps

in The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037696
eISBN:
9780252094958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037696.003.0028
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on Negro theater in Illinois. In May 1877, a Negro troupe played Out of Bondage in Chicago, and the Daily Inter Ocean described the performance as “one of the very best ... More


Darwin, Du Chaillu and Mr Gorilla: the lions of the season

Andrew Horrall

in Inventing the Cave Man: From Darwin to the Flintstones

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781526113849
eISBN:
9781526128225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113849.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter explores how Charles Darwin’s 1859 book On the Origin of Species and the explorer Paul Du Chaillu’s almost simultaneous encounters with gorillas in West Africa focussed popular fears ... More


Counting Off the Beat: An Introduction

Samuel Charters

in A Trumpet around the Corner: The Story of New Orleans Jazz

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781578068982
eISBN:
9781604733181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781578068982.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

The idea that jazz might have originated in New Orleans does not sit well with some critics. It is currently assumed that jazz’s origins were a common discovery that occurred simultaneously in many ... More


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