Brian Roberts begins Blackface Nation with this truly winning admission: “This project started a long time ago, so long ago that many of the people I have to thank are retired. By retired, I mean dead.” Roberts throws 1999 into the mix as a key date in the book’s genesis. As a scholar who came of professional age in that decade I can attest to how well Blackface Nation evokes a period of remarkable ferment in the study of the knotty titular entertainment form. Others who were trained in the United States in that era will find plenty of reassuring signposts: oh, hey, Eric Lott and...
Book Review: Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925 by Brian Roberts
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Jeffrey Melnick; Book Review: Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925 by Brian Roberts. Journal of Popular Music Studies 4 December 2018; 30 (4): 203–206. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2018.300416
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