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Author Thompson, Katrina Dyonne.

Title Ring shout, wheel about : the racial politics of music and dance in North American slavery / Katrina Dyonne Thompson
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2014
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Contents The script : "Africa was but a blank canvas for Europe's imagination" -- Casting : "They sang their home-songs, and danced, each with his free foot slapping the deck" -- Onstage : "Dance you damned niggers, dance" -- Backstage : "White folks do as they please, and the darkies do as they can" -- Advertisement : "Dancing through the Streets and act lively" -- Same script, different actors : "Eb'ry time I weel about, I jump Jim Crow" -- Epilogue : the show must go on
Summary "In this ambitious project, historian Katrina Thompson examines the conceptualization and staging of race through the performance, sometimes coerced, of black dance from the slave ship to the minstrel stage. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, Thompson explicates how black musical performance was used by white Europeans and Americans to justify enslavement, perpetuate the existing racial hierarchy, and mask the brutality of the domestic slave trade. Whether on slave ships, at the auction block, or on plantations, whites often used coerced performances to oppress and demean the enslaved. As Thompson shows, however, blacks' "backstage" use of musical performance often served quite a different purpose. Through creolization and other means, enslaved people preserved some native musical and dance traditions and invented or adopted new traditions that built community and even aided rebellion. Thompson shows how these traditions evolved into nineteenth-century minstrelsy and, ultimately, raises the question of whether today's mass media performances and depictions of African Americans are so very far removed from their troublesome roots"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African American dance -- History
African Americans -- Southern States -- Music -- History aqnd criticism
Plantation life -- United States
Race in the theater -- United States -- History
Racism in popular culture -- United States -- History
Slavery -- United States -- Justification
Slaves -- Southern States -- Music -- History aqnd criticism
Slaves -- United States -- Social life and customs
Theater and society -- United States -- History
African American dance.
African Americans.
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century.
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General.
Plantation life.
Race in the theater.
Racism in popular culture.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies.
Slavery -- Justification.
Slaves -- Social life and customs.
Theater and society.
Southern States.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019718250