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Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation

Nicholas Sammond, Author

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Performance, Page 62

Although stand-alone blackface minstrel shows declined at the beginning of the twentieth century, there were still plenty of racial fantasies. Particularly popular were the Broadway reviews of Bert Williams, George Walker and Ada Overton Walker, who mounted elaborate stage spectacles featuring African-American casts. These spectacular shows, such as In Dahomey (1903), Abyssinia (1906) and Bandannaland (1908) all played with fantsies of African and African-American authenticity, often appearing stereotypical while offering subtle critiques of white fascination. 

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