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Ring shout, wheel about : the racial politics of music and dance in North American slavery /

Katrina Dyonne Thompson.

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Author: Thompson, Katrina Dyonne
Published: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2014]
Topics: Slaves - Southern States - Songs and music - History and criticism. | Slaves - United States - Social life and customs. | Slavery - United States - Justification. | Music and race - United States. | Dance and race - United States. | African Americans - Music - History and criticism. | African American dance - History. | Race in the theater - United States - History. | Theater and society - United States - History. | Plantation life - United States. | Racism in popular culture - United States - History. | Minstrel shows. | SOCIAL SCIENCE - Ethnic Studies - African American Studies. | PERFORMING ARTS - Dance - General. | HISTORY - United States - 19th Century. | Schwarze. | Sklave. | Musik. | Tanz. | Aufführung. | Zwang. | Teater - historia. | Dans - historia. | Teater och samhälle. | Slaveri.
Regions: Förenta staterna. | Southern States. | United States. | USA.
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc. | History.
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Physical Description: x, 242 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9780252038259 (hardback)
0252038258 (hardback)
9780252079832 (paperback)
0252079833 (paperback)
9780252096112 (e-book)
0252096118 (e-book)
Copyright: ©2014
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"--
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More Details for: Ring shout, wheel about : the racial pol