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

Nicholas Sammond, Author
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The conventions of blackface minstrelsy have endured long past it's day on the stage. In this clip, Judy Garland performs in blackface with Mr. Interlocutor in Babes in Arms (1939). 

Vaudeville experienced an intermedial renaissance in the late 1920s and early 1930s, with two-man minstrel acts such as Miller and Lyles, Moran and Mack, and Gosden and Correll (Amos 'n' Andy) playing on radio, stage and live film. 

Comic two-acts such as Burns and Allen, Hope and Crosby, and Abbott and Costello used the same dynamic, with one comic playing the "civilized" role and the other one playing ignorant, making nonsense.
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