The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy
by Christopher J. Smith
Examines the artworks, letters, sketchbooks & music collection of painter William Sidney Mount as a lens through which to see the multiethnic antebellum world that gave birth to blackface minstrelsy. Discusses how rivers, waterfronts, and other sites of interracial interaction shaped musical practices by transporting culture from the South to North and back. The "Africanization" of Anglo-Celtic tunes created minstrelsy's musical "creole synthesis," a body of melodic and rhythmic vocabularies, repertoires, tunes, and musical techniques that became the foundation of American popular music. 352 pp.
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